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

Examples of inhaler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eilish, 20, paused a show in Atlanta earlier this year to help a fan get access to an inhaler, while Mayer, 44, stopped a prior set at the Hollywood Palladium to allow medics access to a fan who appeared to have fainted. Nicholas Rice,, 20 June 2022 Similarly, an inhaler delivers the drug directly to the lungs and avoids affecting the rest of the body. Tom Anchordoquy, The Conversation, 17 June 2022 Allergic asthma treatment varies but may also include an inhaler to help relax the airway passages in the lungs, relieving shortness of breath. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 31 May 2022 Over the weekend, videos shared on social media showed Eilish halting her concert in Atlanta to help a fan in the crowd get an inhaler — a move that Ye, formerly Kanye West, took as a diss at Scott. NBC News, 11 Feb. 2022 In the lawsuit, one parent said their child was denied an exemption from wearing masks despite having headaches or the use of an inhaler. Paul Gattis |, al, 7 Feb. 2022 For example, watch YouTube videos or consult with your doctor to learn proper inhaler techniques. Katherine Bowles, SELF, 18 May 2022 The inhaler will contain medication to keep your lungs from going haywire, like a short-acting beta-agonist to open up your airways. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 26 May 2022 Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist and associate professor at Columbia University, suffers from allergies himself and carries a rescue inhaler at all times. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inhaler

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inhaler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for inhaler


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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