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

Examples of inhalation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Studies of wildland firefighters also give insights into the risks of smoke inhalation. NBC News, "As Australia's wildfires rage, health concerns mount among experts and victims," 9 Jan. 2020 Scientists have warned that gases on the island are so toxic and corrosive that a single inhalation could be fatal. Washington Post, "New Zealand recovers 6 bodies days after volcanic eruption," 13 Dec. 2019 Scientists have warned that gases on the island after Monday’s eruption are so toxic and corrosive that a single inhalation could be fatal. BostonGlobe.com, "WHAKATANE, New Zealand — New Zealand police and military specialists launched a risky operation Friday to recover the bodies of eight victims of a volcanic eruption on an island that has left at least eight others dead.," 13 Dec. 2019 Volcanic gases still being emitted on the island are so toxic and corrosive that scientists said a single inhalation could be fatal and another eruption like the fatal one Monday was possible. Mark Baker, chicagotribune.com, "New Zealand recovers 6 bodies from toxic volcanic island," 12 Dec. 2019 Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, who is also the coroner, said smoke inhalation is the likely cause of death. Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, "Boat where 34 died was a ‘fire trap’ despite passing inspections, experts say. It’s far from alone," 7 Sep. 2019 But the firefighters had to hunt out the residence’s four cats, which were all in critical condition from smoke inhalation. oregonlive, "Firefighters in Longview douse kitchen blaze, save 4 cats after ‘aggressively’ resuscitating the stricken animals," 24 Dec. 2019 Nine people were evaluated for smoke inhalation or injuries and two were hospitalized, South Metro said. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Jefferson County arson suspect being held on 47 criminal charges, including attempted first-degree murder," 23 Dec. 2019 Most injuries were from smoke inhalation, but one victim had broken legs and a possible broken back, Szymanski said. Michelle L. Price And Paul Davenport, SFChronicle.com, "Fire at Las Vegas apartment complex kills 6, injures 13," 21 Dec. 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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24 Jan 2020

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“Inhalation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inhalation. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 inhalational (audio) \ adjective

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