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[in-hey-luh nt]
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  1. a medicine, allergen, or other substance that is inhaled.
  2. any volatile substance, as nitrous oxide, butyl nitrite, toluene, gasoline, or paint thinner, capable of being inhaled, sometimes abused for its intoxicating effect.
  3. inhaler.
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  1. used for inhaling.
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Origin of inhalant

First recorded in 1815–25; inhale + -ant
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Related Words for inhalant

opiate, shot, dope, gas, soporific, analgesic, anodyne, hypnosis, inhalant, spinal, hypnotic, narcotic

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Historical Examples of inhalant

  • For consumption he provided an inhalant; for rheumatic conditions, a liniment.

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    James J. Walsh

  • One method employed by Ugo da Lucca consisted of the use of an inhalant.

British Dictionary definitions for inhalant


  1. (esp of a volatile medicinal formulation) inhaled for its soothing or therapeutic effect
  2. inhaling
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  1. an inhalant medicinal formulation
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Word Origin and History for inhalant

1825 (adj.), c.1830 (n.)., from Latin inhalantem, present participle of inhalare (see inhale).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

inhalant in Medicine


  1. Used in or for inhaling.
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  1. Something that is inhaled, especially a drug that is delivered to the respiratory passages by a nebulizer or an aerosol container.
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