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[in-spahyuh r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. of or relating to inspiration or inhalation.
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Origin of inspiratory

1765–75; < Latin inspīrāt(us) past participle of inspīrāre (see inspire, -ate1) + -ory1
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Examples from the Web for inspiratory

Historical Examples

  • For example, in the diaphragm we make voice by an eccentric action of the inspiratory muscles.

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    S. S. Curry

  • For when a solution of continuity occurs in the lungs, the inspiratory and expiratory forces fail.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

  • First, a quick deep breath is taken by means of the inspiratory muscles.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • They embody disturbances of various functional acts, and may be subdivided into inspiratory and expiratory tics.

British Dictionary definitions for inspiratory


  1. of or relating to inhalation or the drawing in of air
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inspiratory in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or used for the drawing in of air.
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