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inhalant

[in-hey-luh nt] /ɪnˈheɪ lənt/
noun
1.
a medicine, allergen, or other substance that is inhaled.
2.
any volatile substance, as nitrous oxide, butyl nitrite, toluene, gasoline, or paint thinner, capable of being inhaled, sometimes abused for its intoxicating effect.
3.
adjective
4.
used for inhaling.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; inhale + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for inhalants

inhalant

/ɪnˈheɪlənt/
adjective
1.
(esp of a volatile medicinal formulation) inhaled for its soothing or therapeutic effect
2.
inhaling
noun
3.
an inhalant medicinal formulation
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Word Origin and History for inhalants

inhalant

1825 (adj.), c.1830 (n.)., from Latin inhalantem, present participle of inhalare (see inhale).

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inhalants in Medicine

inhalant in·ha·lant (ĭn-hā'lənt)
adj.
Used in or for inhaling. n.
Something that is inhaled, especially a drug that is delivered to the respiratory passages by a nebulizer or an aerosol container.

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