Definition of inhalation in English:


Line breaks: in|hal|ation
Pronunciation: /ɪnhəˈleɪʃ(ə)n


1The action of inhaling or breathing in: [mass noun]: the inhalation of airborne particles [count noun]: 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 anaesthetics in the form of a gas or vapour.
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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 [count noun] Medicine A preparation to be inhaled in the form of a vapour 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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