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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or used for the drawing in of air.
  • adj. Intended or used to motivate or inspire: an inspiratory speech.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to inspiration (in all senses)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or aiding, inspiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to inspiration or inhalation.

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

  • adj. pertaining to the drawing in phase of respiration


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  • LifeLab Innovations has a number of respiratory products in its development pipeline and Professor McConnell was also the creator of the POWERbreathe® inspiratory muscle trainer.

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  • Portable chest X-ray, good inspiratory effort, the lungs are unremarkable with no infiltrates, effusion, or evidence of pneumothorax.

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  • This is the reason why nature has brought the two nostrils together and placed them as the central of the three sense-organs, setting them side by side on a level with each other, to avail themselves of the inspiratory motion.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • The two Heymans were thus able to demonstrate that expansion of the lungs stopped the respiratory movements of the head in the expiratory position, which was indicated by the recording of laryngeal and alae nasi movements, while collapse of the lungs immediately induced inspiratory-type respiration in the head.

    Physiology or Medicine 1938 - Presentation Speech

  • The tender salient angle, or, in the absence of this, a highly tender localised spot, often pointed to the less severe injuries, and when the fractures were complete or multiple, pain was a very prominent symptom, both constant and in the form of inspiratory stitch.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre

  • Free comminution and absolute solution of continuity were also less common than in the fractures accompanying transverse wounds; hence pain from rubbing of the fragments on inspiratory movement or palpation was more common, and crepitus, either on auscultation or palpation, was more often met with.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900 Being Mainly a Clinical Study of the Nature and Effects of Injuries Produced by Bullets of Small Calibre

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

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • Fortunately in all save the rarest possible instances the apnoea yields and a deep inspiratory movement follows.

    The Nervous Child

  • When the inspiratory thorax gains space from the abdomen, or when space is demanded for the increasing bulk of the alimentary canal, or for the enlarging pregnant uterus; or when, in consequence of disease, such as dropsical accumulation, more room is wanted, then the abdominal chamber supplies the demand by the anterior bulge or swell of its expansile muscular parietes.

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  • Certain languages, like the South African Hottentot and Bushman, have also a number of inspiratory sounds, pronounced by sucking in the breath at various points of oral contact.

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