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[in-huh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɪn həˈleɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of inhaling.
an inhalant.
Origin of inhalation
First recorded in 1615-25; inhale + -ation Unabridged
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  • In the case of inhalation of cigarette smoke the danger is from carbon monoxide gas and not from nicotine.

    Tobacco Leaves W. A. Brennan
  • Then it occurred to Cheenbuk to apply the power of suction instead of inhalation.

    The Walrus Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • So deep was the inhalation of this life that day, that it seemed to remain in me for years.

  • Bleaching is dangerous owing to the inhalation of chloral fumes.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • In fact, as my physician advises the inhalation of tobacco smoke for my asthmatic difficulties, I will join you.

  • Usually by inhalation; 45—75 ♏, evaporated spontaneously in room.

    Merck's 1899 Manual Merck & Co.
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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