decongestant

[dee-kuh n-jes-tuh nt]Pharmacology

adjective

of or relating to a substance that relieves mucus congestion of the upper respiratory tract.

noun

any such substance.

Origin of decongestant

First recorded in 1945–50; de- + congest + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for decongestant

decongestant

adjective

relieving congestion, esp nasal congestion

noun

a decongestant drug
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Word Origin and History for decongestant
n.

1950, from de- + congestant (see congest).

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decongestant in Medicine

decongestant

[dē′kən-jĕstənt]

n.

A medication or treatment that breaks up congestion, as that of the sinuses, by reducing swelling.

adj.

Capable of relieving congestion.
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decongestant in Science

decongestant

[dē′kən-jĕstənt]

A medication that reduces congestion of the nose or sinuses, usually by causing vasoconstriction.
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