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[eks-huh-ley-shuh n, ek-suh-] /ˌɛks həˈleɪ ʃən, ˌɛk sə-/
the act of exhaling.
something that is exhaled; vapor; emanation.
Origin of exhalation
1350-1400; Middle English exalacion < Latin exhālātiōn- (stem of exhālātiō). See exhale, -ation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The other craters are similarly affected, but their exhalations are not so violent.

  • The roars of wild beasts, catching the exhalations of people, grew louder.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Her quick insight detected every true and living germ of thought in the confused social deposits and exhalations.

  • Bad smells and exhalations, moreover, injure the flavor of the meat.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • Farr considered the exhalations from sewers an important etiological factor.

  • Cover it with long straw, to preserve heat and the exhalations that would rise.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • A celestial fragrance mingled with the first exhalations of the verdure.

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
  • And I trust I have carried away in my soul some of the exhalations of their undying leaves.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • Drops of sweat oozed from her bluish face, that seemed as if rigid in the exhalations of a metallic vapour.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • The top part of the air is finer and more distant from the earth and its exhalations.

Word Origin and History for exhalations



late 14c., from Latin exhalationem (nominative exhalatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhalare (see exhale).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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exhalations in Medicine

exhalation ex·ha·la·tion (ěks'hə-lā'shən, ěk'sə-)

  1. The act or an instance of breathing out. Also called expiration.

  2. The giving forth of gas or vapor.

  3. Something, such as air or vapor, that is exhaled.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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exhalations in Science
The act of breathing out air. During exhalation, the diaphragm relaxes and moves upward, causing compression of the lungs and an outward flow of air. Also called expiration. Compare inhalation.
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