inhalation

noun
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 inhalation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌi-​nə-​ˈlā-​ \ adjective

Examples of inhalation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fire officials told local media that one hotel guest was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, and that two others went to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation. Washington Post, "Hotel housing Texans displaced by frigid weather goes up in flames after sprinkler system freezes," 20 Feb. 2021 One of the men who survived was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Man dies in north Minneapolis house fire," 3 Feb. 2021 The officer was brought to the hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Four injured in northeast Anchorage apartment fire, officials say," 2 Feb. 2021 By Tuesday afternoon, close to 20,000 acres had been razed, dozens of properties had been destroyed and one firefighter had been hospitalized for smoke inhalation, the authorities said. New York Times, "First Came the Lockdown. Then Came the Wildfire.," 2 Feb. 2021 One resident, a woman in her 60s, was transported to UCSD Medical Center with smoke inhalation injuries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kitchen fire in Jamul displaces mom, adult son," 12 Dec. 2020 But a government expert said Stacie Bagley had soot in her airway, indicating smoke inhalation and not the gunshot killed her. The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. carries out rare execution during presidential transition," 11 Dec. 2020 But a government expert said Stacie Bagley had soot in her airway, indicating smoke inhalation and not the gunshot killed her. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, "US carries out rare execution during presidential transition," 10 Dec. 2020 Firefighters forced their way into the shed and pulled out an unconscious Hsieh. Hsieh, 46, was hospitalized and died on Nov. 27 due to complications of smoke inhalation. Taylor Hartz, courant.com, "Firefighters called three times to New London home where Tony Hsieh died," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Inhalation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhalation. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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inhalation

noun
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

inhalation

noun
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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