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[eks-huh-ley-shuh n, ek-suh-]
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  1. the act of exhaling.
  2. something that is exhaled; vapor; emanation.
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Origin of exhalation

1350–1400; Middle English exalacion < Latin exhālātiōn- (stem of exhālātiō). See exhale, -ation
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Related Words for exhalation

breath, expiration, respiration, vapor, emanation, air

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Historical Examples of exhalation

  • It carries in its bosom all the energies of the past, yet is itself an exhalation of the morning.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Inhalation and exhalation should be gradual and natural, not spasmodic.

  • This is the higher and more obvious degree of the function of exhalation.

  • During the exhalation be sure to keep the upper chest still.

    The Woman Beautiful

    Helen Follett Stevans

  • He considered the stars to be fed by exhalation from the Earth.

Word Origin and History for exhalation


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

exhalation in Medicine


(ĕks′hə-lāshən, ĕk′sə-)
  1. The act or an instance of breathing out.expiration
  2. The giving forth of gas or vapor.
  3. Something, such as air or vapor, that is exhaled.
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exhalation in Science


  1. 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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