secondhand smoke

noun
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of secondhand smoke

: tobacco smoke that is exhaled by smokers or is given off by burning tobacco and is inhaled by persons nearby

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First Known Use of secondhand smoke

1891


SECONDHAND SMOKE Defined for English Language Learners

secondhand smoke

noun

Definition of secondhand smoke for English Language Learners

  • : smoke from a cigarette, cigar, pipe, etc., that can be inhaled by people who are near the person who is smoking


Medical Dictionary

secondhand smoke

noun sec·ond·hand smoke \ ˌsek-ᵊn(d)-ˌhan(d)- \

medical Definition of secondhand smoke

: tobacco smoke that is exhaled by a smoker or is given off by burning tobacco (as of a cigarette) and is inhaled by persons nearby called also passive smoke

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