Definition of inhalant in English:

inhalant

noun

  • 1A medicinal preparation for inhaling.

    • ‘Two items were excluded on the basis of content: inhalants and analgesics.’
    • ‘Even better, you can do all that without drug inhalants or supplements.’
    • ‘Sort of more sudden way is to get nicotine through either the inhalant or the nasal spray.’
    • ‘Some pharmacokinetic properties and principles apply to all inhalants.’
    • ‘They are not life-threatening and are kept under control by inhalants and antacid medicines.’
    • ‘The process controls the size, shape and crystallinity of particles - improving the effectiveness of products from inhalants to water-insoluble drugs.’
    1. 1.1 A solvent or other material producing vapour that is inhaled by drug abusers.
      • ‘Teenagers who use inhalants may have chapped lips or faces, paint stains on their hands and clothes, runny noses, a funny odor on their breath, or bloodshot eyes.’
      • ‘The most common drug abuse disorders involved marijuana, followed by cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, opioids, sedatives, tranquilizers, and inhalants.’
      • ‘Participants have tried a wide range of other drugs including cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, inhalants and hallucinogenic plants.’
      • ‘Drug use was measured by asking how often respondents smoked marijuana, crank, other amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, hallucinogens, tranquilizers, barbiturates, and inhalants in the last 12 months.’
      • ‘Because the inhalants that are abused are in common household products and are relatively inexpensive, they are accessible to children who are too poor or too young to access other drugs.’
      • ‘In addition, abuse of inhalants is a risk factor for the subsequent use of other illicit substances.’
      • ‘We are concerned about the increasing number of 8th graders using inhalants.’
      • ‘This was only significant for those continuing to use alcohol but was in the same direction for tobacco, marijuana and inhalants.’
      • ‘Participants who reported low levels of perceived harm from occasional use of inhalants were more likely to be involved in inhalant use than those reporting medium or high levels.’
      • ‘It may be that pre-existing factors, such as personality and low income, precede the onset of inhalant use and explain the association between the abuse of inhalants and other substances.’
      • ‘The questions ask the child whether he or she has consumed any beer, wine, or liquor, marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, LSD, or inhalants, and if so, the number of times that this occurred.’
      • ‘According to the release, significant increases have been seen in teenage use of methamphetamines and inhalants.’
      • ‘More than 1000 universally available products have the potential for abuse as inhalants.’
      • ‘Even less research includes the use of additional substances such as cocaine, inhalants, and steroids.’
      • ‘There are significant differences in drug use across the urban-rural dimension for six drugs: alcohol used to the point of intoxication, inhalants, hallucinogens, sedatives, amphetamines, and other opiates.’
      • ‘The substances included in the analysis were alcohol, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, crack, inhalants, steroids, and heroin.’
      • ‘Because inhalant use is prevalent, and inhalants are easily accessible and life-threatening, e.g., can cause brain injury and speech impairment, it is critical to understand the factors associated with this drug use behavior.’
      • ‘In this study, drug use is defined as any reported use of hallucinogens, marijuana, heroin, stimulants, cocaine, inhalants, sedatives, analgesics, or tranquilizers in the year prior to the interview.’
      • ‘Only a minimal number of respondents had ever tried inhalants, and none had used inhalants in the year or the month prior to coming to jail.’
      • ‘It includes the latest information on the health effects of inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, in addition to information on drug abuse prevention and treatment strategies.’

adjective

Zoology
  • attributive Serving for inhalation.

    ‘an inhalant siphon’
    • ‘Water is constantly pumped into the inhalant aperture, through the gills, and out the exhalant aperture by cilia.’
    • ‘An opening in the mantle cavity serves as an inhalant aperture, whereas the funnel serves as the exhalent aperture.’
    • ‘Fine inhalant ostia are numerous and are dermal openings of small inhalant canals that locally extend from the dermal surface into the sponge for about half its thickness.’
    • ‘Brianispongia has numerous inhalant ostia or pores and scattered exhalant exopores, as in the Wyoming sponge.’
    • ‘It is probably an inhalant opening that allowed these creatures to live half-buried in the bottom sediments, like modern rays.’

Pronunciation

inhalant

/ɪnˈheɪl(ə)nt/