Definition of inhalation in English:


Syllabification: in·ha·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌinhəˈlāSHən


  • 1The action of inhaling or breathing in: the inhalation of airborne particles with every inhalation air passes over the vocal cords
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    • Surrender to your next inhalation, let the breath breathe you, and simultaneously relax the body as much as possible.
    • Amanda took a sharp inhalation of breath before burying her face in Greg's chest, trying to hide from it, but she had seen it anyway.
    • A sharp inhalation of breath proved to Bryan that he was in fact getting somewhere with her, at which he had to suppress a smirk.
  • 1.1 Medicine The inhaling of medicines or anesthetics in the form of a gas or vapor.
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    • Medicines were given orally, by inhalation or by enema.
    • The medication is administered via inhalation using a plastic device included in the package with the medication.
    • Thus, in 1914, anticholinergics by injection or inhalation were considered as first-line asthma therapies.
  • 1.2 Medicine A preparation to be inhaled in the form of a vapor or spray.
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    • They can come in a wide range of formulations - including syrups, tinctures, lotions, inhalations, gargles and washes.
    • She has a history of asthma attacks that are normally easily controlled with salbutamol inhalations.


early 17th century: from medieval Latin inhalatio(n-), from inhalare 'inhale'.

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