in·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-hə-ˈlā-shən , ˌi-nə-ˈlā-\

Definition of inhalation

1 : the act or an instance of inhaling
2 : material (such as medication) to be taken in by inhaling

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inhalational \ ˌin-​hə-​ˈlā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌi-​nə-​ˈlā-​ \ adjective

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One, a 14-year-old girl, was being operated on Tuesday for severe burns and the other was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack," 16 Oct. 2018 The autopsy results concluded Dad died of thermal injuries and inhalation of smoke from the fire and explosion. Isobella Jade, SELF, "Carrying My Father's Memory, and His Coffee Cup," 18 Oct. 2018 Kiarre Samuel, 26, and five children ranging in age from 2 to 10 years old likely succumbed to smoke inhalation, Chief Deputy Robert Boyce said. Fox News, "5 kids and their mom die in Michigan motel fire," 28 July 2018 Frost died of carbon monoxide poisoning from the inhalation of smoke and soot. Max Londberg And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "ADT didn’t alert officials to alarms at burning home with Kansas mom inside, suit says," 12 July 2018 Her husband, Lewis White, a veteran, died of inhalation of products of combustion due to an apartment fire with heart disease also a contributing cause. Rosemary Sobol,, "Deaths of West Side husband and wife, both 90, ruled homicides," 23 June 2018 An occupant of the house in the 700 block of Burnside Drive, in the Fountain Green area, was taken to a local hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, according to fire personnel at the scene. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Fire damages Bel Air area house Wednesday morning, woman taken to hospital," 25 Apr. 2018 However, inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious adverse health consequences. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "The Ugly Truth Behind Makeup Marketed to Kids," 16 Apr. 2018 Mexican authorities said Saturday the American family of four who were found dead in a tourist city died from inhalation of toxic gases. CBS News, "Iowa family found dead in Mexico died from inhalation of toxic gases, authorities say," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of inhalation

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhalation was circa 1623

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in·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-hə-ˈlā-shən , ˌi-nə-\

Kids Definition of inhalation

: the act or an instance of breathing or drawing in by breathing


in·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-(h)ə-ˈlā-shən, ˌin-ᵊl-ˈā- \

Medical Definition of inhalation

1 : the act or an instance of inhaling specifically : the action of drawing air into the lungs by means of a complex of essentially reflex actions that involve changes in the diaphragm and in muscles of the abdomen and thorax which cause enlargement of the chest cavity and lungs resulting in production of relatively negative pressure within the lungs so that air flows in until the pressure is restored to equality with that of the atmosphere
2 : material (as medication) to be taken in by inhaling

Other Words from inhalation

inhalational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective

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