inhalation

An inhalation is an inward breath. When you swim to the surface of a pool after being under water, you'll take a deep inhalation.

The inhalation of gas fumes is bad for you, while inhalation of scents like peppermint can be very relaxing. If you've ever taken a yoga class, you know there's a lot of talk about breathing, inhalation and exhalation (breathing out). Inhalation comes from the verb inhale, "to breathe in," from the Latin inhalare, "breathe upon."

Definitions of inhalation
  1. noun
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
    synonyms: aspiration, breathing in, inspiration, intake
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    types:
    gasp, pant
    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
    drag, puff, pull
    a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
    toke
    a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette
    type of:
    breath
    the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
  2. noun
    a medication to be taken by inhaling it
    synonyms: inhalant
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    type of:
    medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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