in·​hal·​er | \ in-ˈhā-lər How to pronounce inhaler (audio) \

Definition of inhaler

1 : a device by means of which medicinal material is inhaled an asthma inhaler
2 : one that inhales

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For 19 years, a daily steroid inhaler has been a cornerstone of the 42-year-old Los Angeles resident’s treatment. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Thinking on Longstanding Asthma Treatments," 10 June 2019 The first son was eliminated after police went through his trash and found an Advair inhaler to test against the crime scene sample., "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019 Ah, the inhaler, the universal sign for Loser, as far as most pop culture references are concerned. Kate Gardner, SELF, "Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma," 24 Aug. 2018 Those may be nasal sprays to reduce congestion, oral antihistamines to combat that frustrating chemical response, or a quick-relief inhaler in case certain allergens give you asthma attacks. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "13 Ways to Triumph Over Fall Allergies," 13 Nov. 2018 Three years ago, Mishka the otter learned a potentially life-saving trick: breathe deeply through an inhaler. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "Mishka the asthmatic otter at Seattle Aquarium has mastered her inhaler to get through the haze," 24 Aug. 2018 This is how medicines like asthma inhalers are able to penetrate into the lungs. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 Officers found prescriptions for Klor-Con, Bupropion, Lisinopril and Spironolactone on a table in Evelyn Craft’s room as well as an inhaler for Spiriva. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Cops: Woman fatally stabbed mother, waited 4 hours to call Gwinnett police," 28 June 2018 Unlike the Zenomics patch, the Afrezza inhaler can’t test your glucose levels. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of inhaler

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhaler was in 1778

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English Language Learners Definition of inhaler

medical : a device used for inhaling a medicine


in·​hal·​er | \ in-ˈhā-lər How to pronounce inhaler (audio) \

Kids Definition of inhaler

: a device used for breathing medicine into the lungs An inhaler is used to treat asthma.


in·​hal·​er | \ in-ˈhā-lər How to pronounce inhaler (audio) \

Medical Definition of inhaler

: a device by means of which usually medicinal material is inhaled — compare inhalator

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