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decongestant

[dee-kuh n-jes-tuh nt] /ˌdi kənˈdʒɛs tənt/ Pharmacology
adjective
1.
of or relating to a substance that relieves mucus congestion of the upper respiratory tract.
noun
2.
any such substance.
Origin of decongestant
1945-1950
1945-50; de- + congest + -ant
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Examples from the web for decongestant
  • It is generally made by cooking ammonia, lithium and pseudoephedrine, a decongestant.
  • For example, decongestant drops and sprays may be effective in reducing congestion for a few days.
  • Take a decongestant medicine every six hours starting the day before your flight.
  • Over-the-counter decongestant pills or capsules reduces swelling in your sinuses, allowing more airflow.
  • However, decongestant nasal sprays should only be used for short periods of time, or they can make congestion worse.
  • They do not relieve symptoms of congestion, which require a second drug, a decongestant.
British Dictionary definitions for decongestant

decongestant

/ˌdiːkənˈdʒɛstənt/
adjective
1.
relieving congestion, esp nasal congestion
noun
2.
a decongestant drug
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Word Origin and History for decongestant
n.

1950, from de- + congestant (see congest).

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decongestant in Medicine

decongestant de·con·ges·tant (dē'kən-jěs'tənt)
n.
A medication or treatment that breaks up congestion, as that of the sinuses, by reducing swelling. adj.
Capable of relieving congestion.

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decongestant in Science
decongestant
  (dē'kən-jěs'tənt)   
A medication that reduces congestion of the nose or sinuses, usually by causing vasoconstriction.
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