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nebulizer Line breaks: nebu|lizer
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛbjʊlʌɪzə/
(also nebuliser)

Definition of nebulizer in English:


A device for producing a fine spray of liquid, used for example for inhaling a medicinal drug: he needs to use a nebulizer to get drugs and oxygen to his lungs
More example sentences
  • In the phase 2 study, children use a nebulizer to inhale cisplatin, a standard cancer drug that has been specially encapsulated in protective fatty protein bubbles.
  • A nebulizer machine turns liquid medicine into a vapor (like a cloud) that you can breathe.
  • Because the drugs mentioned above are far more expensive than bronchodilator solutions, wastage of drug in a nebulizer needs to be minimized.


Pronunciation: /ˈnɛbjʊlʌɪz/
(also nebulise) verb
Example sentences
  • He was transferred to an acute medical ward but continued to deteriorate despite receiving nebulised bronchodilators, intravenous hydrocortisone, aminophylline, and antibiotics.
  • All subjects were premedicated with 2 mg nebulized terbutaline.
  • His symptoms responded well to nebulised salbutamol.


Late 19th century: from Latin nebula 'mist' + -izer (see -ize).

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