[in-spahyuh r-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


of or relating to inspiration or inhalation.

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

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




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