from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of inhaling.
  • n. An inhalant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inhaling
  • n. The substance (medicament) which is inhaled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inhaling; also, that which is inhaled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inhaling; inspiration; an indrawing, as of air or medicinal vapors into the lungs.
  • n. In pharmacy, a preparation intended to be inhaled in the form of vapor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  • n. a medication to be taken by inhaling it


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