inhalation

noun
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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Other words from inhalation

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

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Exposure, either by inhalation or through the skin, leads to muscle spasms, secretion of fluid into the lungs and organ failure, sometimes accompanied by foaming at the mouth. Ellen Barry And Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "The Nerve Agent Too Deadly to Use, Until Someone Did," 13 Mar. 2018 On This Is Us, if a heart attack caused by smoke inhalation doesn't get to you, old age probably will (R.I.P. William and as of Tuesday, Deja's great grandmother). Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "5 Theories on Why Old Man Jack's in the This Is Us Season Finale," 7 Mar. 2018 In the episode that aired following the Super Bowl, viewers learned that Jack suffered a heart attack that was triggered by smoke inhalation. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Jack's death on 'This is Us': His heart attack explained by a Temple doctor," 7 Feb. 2018 Another resident was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, the Fire Department said Tuesday. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter gives woman his air mask as he carries her out of burning South Boston building," 28 June 2018 An anesthesiologist, who requested anonymity because medical societies bar members from participating in executions or providing information to encourage them, said that nitrogen inhalation was less cruel than lethal injection. Author: Denise Grady, Jan Hoffman, Anchorage Daily News, "States turn to an unproven method of execution: nitrogen gas," 8 May 2018 But over the past five years, U.S. poison control centers have received only one report of a condom inhalation. Lindsey Bever, Philly.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 But over the past five years, U.S. poison control centers have received only one report of a condom inhalation. Lindsey Bever, courant.com, "In case you missed the 'condom-snorting challenge' - and didn't know it's a bad idea," 3 Apr. 2018 Condom inhalation poses serious risks like choking and could also damage the nose's inner lining, according to Forbes contributor and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Bruce Y. Lee. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Viral Condom-Snorting Challenge Is Exactly as Dangerous as It Sounds," 2 Apr. 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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inhalation

noun
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

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

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inhalational \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \ adjective

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