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

  • n. One that inhales: an avid inhaler of aromatic pipe smoke.
  • n. A device that produces a vapor to ease breathing or is used to medicate by inhalation, especially a small nasal applicator containing a volatile medicament. Also called inhalator.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device with a canister holding medicine (either in powder or gas form) which is sprayed and inhaled by the patient, often for treating asthma and other respiratory diseases.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who inhales.
  • n. An apparatus for inhaling any vapor or volatile substance, such as ether or chloroform, or an aerosol mist of a solution, for medicinal purposes.
  • n. A contrivance to filter, as air, in order to protect the lungs from inhaling damp or cold air, noxious gases, dust, etc.; also, the respiratory apparatus for divers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who inhales.
  • n. In medicine, an apparatus for inhaling vapors and volatile substances, as steam of hot water, vapor of chloroform, iodine, etc.
  • n. An apparatus which enables a person to breathe without injury in a deleterious atmosphere, as that used by persons of delicate lungs to prevent damp or cold air from entering the lungs, or that used by cutlers and others who breathe an atmosphere charged with metallic particles; a respirator.

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

  • n. a dispenser that produces a chemical vapor to be inhaled in order to relieve nasal congestion

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