Definition of inhalant in English:


Line breaks: in|hal¦ant
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈheɪl(ə)nt


  • 1A medicinal preparation for inhaling.
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    • Two items were excluded on the basis of content: inhalants and analgesics.
    • They are not life-threatening and are kept under control by inhalants and antacid medicines.
    • Some pharmacokinetic properties and principles apply to all inhalants.
  • 1.1A solvent or other material producing vapour that is inhaled by drug abusers.
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    • Participants have tried a wide range of other drugs including cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, inhalants and hallucinogenic plants.
    • It includes the latest information on the health effects of inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, in addition to information on drug abuse prevention and treatment strategies.
    • This was only significant for those continuing to use alcohol but was in the same direction for tobacco, marijuana and inhalants.


[attributive] chiefly Zoology Back to top  
  • Serving for inhalation: an inhalant siphon
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    • Fine inhalant ostia are numerous and are dermal openings of small inhalant canals that locally extend from the dermal surface into the sponge for about half its thickness.
    • Brianispongia has numerous inhalant ostia or pores and scattered exhalant exopores, as in the Wyoming sponge.
    • Water is constantly pumped into the inhalant aperture, through the gills, and out the exhalant aperture by cilia.

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