One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic compound related to aspirin, used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma and other conditions involving constriction of the airways.Also called salbutamol
- ‘It is available generically and as the brand names Proventil and Ventolin.’
- ‘She hands me the wooden pin with its red handles and goes to the top drawer for one of her Ventolin inhalers.’
- ‘Add NyQuil, two sleepless nights in a row, antibiotics, Motrin and Ventolin and you have a mind that knows not what it sees or hears.’
- ‘I suck a Ventolin puffer a few times a year when the dust gets too much and my pipes get tight.’
- ‘But Ventolin's manufacturer, Glaxo, over the years has so strongly marketed the brand name that it's become entrenched.’
1960s: perhaps from ventilate + -ol + -in.
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