inhalation

noun in·ha·la·tion \ ˌin-hə-ˈlā-shən , ˌi-nə-ˈlā- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of inhalation

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

inhalational

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

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First Known Use of inhalation

circa 1623



INHALATION Defined for Kids

inhalation

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

Definition of inhalation for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

inhalation

noun 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

inhalational

play \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl\ adjective


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