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[in-huh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɪn həˈleɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of inhaling.
an inhalant.
Origin of inhalation
1615-25; inhale + -ation Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inhalation
  • Cancer is caused by tobacco inhalation and the filters that contain many poisonous chemicals.
  • Oil is thought to affect marine animals through inhalation or direct and indirect ingestion-for example, by eating tainted fish.
  • Snoring is the sound produced by vibrating structures of the upper airway, typically during inhalation.
  • All three are acquired by inhalation and are somewhat similar.
  • Well, as dangerous as smoke inhalation can be, but ya alcohol has far more adverse effects.
  • If weather turns warmer, the material could start to dry out and potentially get into the air, creating the danger of inhalation.
  • In the case of inhalation, the only first aid recommended is removal from the source to fresh air.
  • People with second-stage inhalation anthrax have a poor outlook, even with antibiotic therapy.
  • Traveling shows invited members of the audience to try, for a fee, an inhalation experience.
  • Neville's throat and lungs were scorched from smoke inhalation, and other parts of his body were burned.
British Dictionary definitions for inhalation


the act of inhaling; breathing in of air or other vapours
an inhalant formulation
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Word Origin and History for inhalation

1620s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inhalare (see inhale).

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inhalation in Medicine

inhalation in·ha·la·tion (ĭn'hə-lā'shən)

  1. The act or an instance of inhaling.

  2. A solution of a drug or a combination of drugs administered to the respiratory passages as a nebulized mist.

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inhalation in Science
The act of taking in breath. Inhalation results from the negative pressure in the lungs caused by contraction of the diaphragm, which causes it to move downwards and to expand the chest cavity. The resulting flow of air into the lungs restores a pressure equal to that of the atmosphere. Also called inspiration. Compare exhalation.
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