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[ in-spahyuh r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪnˈspaɪər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of or relating to inspiration or inhalation.

Nearby words

insphere, inspirable, inspiration, inspirational, inspirator, inspiratory, inspiratory capacity, inspiratory reserve volume, inspiratory stridor, inspire, inspired

Origin of inspiratory

1765–75; < Latin inspīrāt(us) past participle of inspīrāre (see inspire, -ate1) + -ory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inspiratory

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

    How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions|S. S. Curry
  • For when a solution of continuity occurs in the lungs, the inspiratory and expiratory forces fail.

    Gilbertus Anglicus|Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • They embody disturbances of various functional acts, and may be subdivided into inspiratory and expiratory tics.

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

    The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland

British Dictionary definitions for inspiratory


/ (ɪnˈspaɪərətərɪ, -trɪ) /


of or relating to inhalation or the drawing in of air
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Medicine definitions for inspiratory


[ ĭn-spīrə-tôr′ē ]


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