inspiratory

adjective

in·​spi·​ra·​to·​ry in-ˈspī-rə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce inspiratory (audio) ˈin(t)-sp(ə-)rə- How to pronounce inspiratory (audio)
: of, relating to, used for, or associated with inspiration

Examples of inspiratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An idealized ventilator breath cycle that highlights the key pressure parameters including positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP), driving pressure, peak inspiratory pressure (PIP), and plateau pressure. IEEE Spectrum, 29 May 2020 Peak inspiratory pressure is the maximum airway pressure during inspiration. IEEE Spectrum, 29 May 2020 Other hallmarks of the condition are a harsh, grating sound when a patient breathes in—inspiratory stridor—and respiratory distress. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inspiratory was in 1773

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Cite this Entry

“Inspiratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inspiratory. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

inspiratory

adjective
in·​spi·​ra·​to·​ry in-ˈspī-rə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce inspiratory (audio) ˈin(t)-sp(ə-)rə- How to pronounce inspiratory (audio)
-ˌtȯr-
: of, relating to, used for, or associated with inspiration
inspiratory muscles
the inspiratory whoop of whooping cough
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