inhalant

[ in-hey-luh nt ]
/ ɪnˈheɪ lənt /

noun

a medicine, allergen, or other substance that is inhaled.
any volatile substance, as nitrous oxide, butyl nitrite, toluene, gasoline, or paint thinner, capable of being inhaled, sometimes abused for its intoxicating effect.

adjective

used for inhaling.

Origin of inhalant

First recorded in 1815–25; inhale + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for inhalant

inhalant

/ (ɪnˈheɪlənt) /

adjective

(esp of a volatile medicinal formulation) inhaled for its soothing or therapeutic effect
inhaling

noun

an inhalant medicinal formulation
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Word Origin and History for inhalant

inhalant


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

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Medicine definitions for inhalant

inhalant

[ ĭn-hālənt ]

adj.

Used in or for inhaling.

n.

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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