in·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌin-hə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce inhalation (audio) , 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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Other Words from inhalation

inhalational \ ˌin-​hə-​ˈlā-​shnəl How to pronounce inhalational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌi-​nə-​ˈlā-​ \ adjective

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At least three deputies were also evaluated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "One injured, at least 10 displaced by fire at Spring Valley assisted-living home," 8 June 2019 The husband and wife were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, KPRC reported. Dawson White, star-telegram, "Two men charge into blazing Texas home, use cellphone to rescue neighbor, they say," 4 June 2019 One woman was treated on the scene for minor smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported, NOFD officials said. Marie Simoneaux,, "More than 20 displaced, dog dies in Algiers apartment fire: NOFD," 20 Jan. 2018 Several firefighters and residents were treated for smoke inhalation or heat exhaustion. Washington Post, "Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2K evacuations amid drought," 14 June 2018 Workers in certain industries—including construction, oil drilling, mining, plastics, and food processing—can be exposed to acrylamide through skin contact or inhalation. Jenny Splitter, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Those Cancer Warnings for Your Coffee?," 13 June 2018 There are 27 treatment rooms, an inhalation room, dry and wet saunas, Swiss shower, whirlpool, cold plunge, atrium café, boutique, therapeutic waterfall grotto and scenic rooftop pool. Emily Lockwood, azcentral, "Fairmont Scottsdale Princess," 23 Apr. 2018 The home’s owner, who was inside with his son when the fire started, also was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation, Hunter said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Hazel Crest firefighters rescued from burning basement following 'mayday' call," 22 Apr. 2018 His drinking precipitously descends from country-club conviviality to solitary stupor, and the novel ends with his suicide by carbon-monoxide inhalation in his Cadillac, a clean, modern way to go. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce inhalation (audio) , 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- How to pronounce inhalation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inhalational (audio) \ adjective

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