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[in-hey-ler] /ɪnˈheɪ lər/
an apparatus or device used in inhaling medicinal vapors, anesthetics, etc.
a respirator.
a person who inhales.
Origin of inhaler
First recorded in 1770-80; inhale + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Send 50 cents for one inhaler and ask for wholesale prices to agents.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • Ether was given from a Clover's inhaler; one ounce was used.

  • This may be done with the inhaler on a few occasions at least.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Make the inhaler steam, and put in the eucalyptus; that is good for the larynx.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • There was something in this air which gave the inhaler the certainty of victory, the courage of battle and of unassailable youth.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Two thirds of the ingredients are first put into the inhaler, and the rest added when half the time for inhaling has elapsed.

  • They must have entered by the outer door, which Anna had neglected to shut behind her when she returned with the inhaler.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
  • The physiologist took out a little phial from his pocket, and began to open a sort of inhaler of white muslin.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • Everything required for it--the inhaler, sponges, straight and crooked needles, and thread--was in the chest.

British Dictionary definitions for inhaler


a device for breathing in therapeutic vapours through the nose or mouth, esp one for relieving nasal congestion or asthma
a person who inhales
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inhaler in Medicine

inhaler in·hal·er (ĭn-hā'lər)
A device that produces a vapor to ease breathing or is used to medicate by inhalation, especially a small nasal applicator containing a volatile medicament. Also called inhalator.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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