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

Other Words from inhalation

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

Examples of inhalation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the three dogs was given oxygen for smoke inhalation, according to the agency’s social media post. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 4 May 2022 The police officers were treated for smoke inhalation and the firefighter suffered minor burns, and all three were taken to a hospital and later released, fire Chief Michael Schofield said in a news release. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Tunkel, went to a hospital for smoke inhalation, said several victims were lying on the floor of the subway platform after the train arrived at the station. Jason Hanna, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 The other, Glenn, was intubated for smoke inhalation. P.j. Mccormick, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2022 Three were hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation, including a fire captain who was seriously injured. CBS News, 8 Apr. 2022 The Cook County medical examiner’s office lists the cause of death as cocaine and alcohol toxicity, with burns and smoke inhalation as contributing factors. Cecilia Reyes,, 23 Apr. 2021 Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, block UV rays with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which can pose inhalation concerns in spray form, but otherwise do not penetrate the skin or disrupt hormones like their chemical counterparts. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Clint Walker himself was treated for water inhalation after the incident. al, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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“Inhalation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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 inhalation (audio) \ adjective

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