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 The main inhaler has a 9.25-inch-wide cleaning path, though the device also comes with a 5-foot hose equipped to clean both shag carpets and wood floors. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best vacuums for any kind of mess," 16 Jan. 2020 While there’s no cure for asthma, there are ways to control it, most effectively by taking medication—either via an inhaler or in pill form. Leah Groth,, "13-Year-Old Broadway Star Laurel Griggs Dies from Asthma Attack—Here's How That Can Happen," 11 Nov. 2019 This includes an inhaler or nebulizer (for children with respiratory issues), an epinephrine injector (for children with severe allergic reactions), and antibiotics (for children prone to ear infections). Mary Kearl, Popular Science, "An exhaustive guide to simpler traveling with small children," 2 Jan. 2020 Katherine Klinger, who teaches at John M. Palmer Elementary, lamented that her school has a nurse present just one day a week, leaving her nervous about students who need inhalers for asthma and rescue medication for allergies. Washington Post, "Chicago teacher strike enters second week, with patience wearing thin," 23 Oct. 2019 Medications accepted include prescriptions; prescription and over-the-counter ointments and creams; aerosol cans; inhalers; liquids; lotions; pet medications; and vitamins. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Disposal of unused, expired medications on Saturday at Buffalo Speedway Walgreens," 23 Oct. 2019 Nicotine replacement therapies are a multibillion-dollar industry of gum and lozenges and patches and inhalers that are often known by the brand name Nicorette., "Amid vaping ban, a quiet club of nicotine addicts may add members - The Boston Globe," 16 Oct. 2019 There are also prescription nicotine inhalers and drugs, which may be covered by insurance. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How can vapers quit without resorting to cigarettes?," 1 Oct. 2019 Someone stole two packages containing fruit and an inhaler from a home in the 1200 block of North Taylor Avenue at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 24., "Oak Park police: Three men steal ATM machine from Roosevelt Road business," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of inhaler

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Feb 2020

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“Inhaler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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.


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Medical Definition of inhaler

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

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