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vaporizer

In medicine, a vaporizer is a machine that distributes medication in the form of a gas that a patient inhales. It's also another name for a humidifier, a device that increases moisture in the air.

A vapor is a gas, and the job of a vaporizer is to create vapor. A child who's badly congested might need to breathe the warm steam of a home vaporizer to ease a cough. And a patient preparing for surgery often inhales their anesthesia through a mask with the aid of a vaporizer. The word comes from the Latin root vaporem, "a warm exhalation" or "steam."

Definitions of vaporizer
  1. noun
    a device that puts out a substance in the form of a vapor (especially for medicinal inhalation)
    synonyms: vaporiser
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    device
    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
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