Definition of nebulizer in English:


(British nebuliser)


  • A device for producing a fine spray of liquid, used for example for inhaling a medicinal drug.

    ‘he needs to use a nebulizer to get drugs and oxygen to his lungs’
    • ‘In the phase 2 study, children use a nebulizer to inhale cisplatin, a standard cancer drug that has been specially encapsulated in protective fatty protein bubbles.’
    • ‘Inhalers and nebulizers are two different devices used to deliver rescue or controller asthma medications directly into your child's lungs.’
    • ‘Jet nebulizers, metered-dose inhalers, and dry powder inhalers all produced equal results in acute situations when the doses were matched and when the latter two devices were used under direct supervision.’
    • ‘Because the drugs mentioned above are far more expensive than bronchodilator solutions, wastage of drug in a nebulizer needs to be minimized.’
    • ‘Patients and control subjects inhaled 2 mL of PDE through a hand nebulizer.’
    • ‘A nebulizer machine turns liquid medicine into a vapor (like a cloud) that you can breathe.’
    • ‘A fine mist is created as water passes over a high-frequency ultrasonic nebulizer - a device that creates an aerosol spray.’
    • ‘Metered dose inhalers are the preferred initial delivery system because of decreased cost, greater ease of use, and the lack of documented benefit of administration by nebulizers.’
    • ‘Meanwhile passengers may use their own battery powered nebulisers on board if they are approved by the aircraft engineers.’
    • ‘Routine treatment for croup was commenced with budesonide nebulisers, oral dexamethasone and adrenaline nebulisers.’
    • ‘His wheezing was worse when awake and was not responsive to steroids or nebulizers.’
    • ‘Home nebulizers are used to deliver maintenance antibiotic therapy for patients with cystic fibrosis or bronchiectasis.’
    • ‘Quick-acting bronchodilators, usually given through an inhaler or a nebulizer, loosen the tightened muscles around inflamed airways and are the most often-prescribed rescue medications.’
    • ‘An equal number of medical stations were set up in an adjacent ‘green zone,’ equipped with nebulisers and pulse oximeters and electrocardiograph machines.’
    • ‘And because they deliver the medicine much more quickly than a nebulizer, they may be preferred by some parents.’
    • ‘The nebulizers charged with strong epinephrine solution are also useful remedies, which most patients suffering from asthma find sooner or later.’
    • ‘Some examples include drug-delivery pumps, implantable infusion pumps, and nebulizers.’
    • ‘A nebuliser is a device that turns a medicine into an vapour, and is used with a face mask or mouthpiece.’
    • ‘The Ambulance soon arrived and the two ambos started taking my blood pressure, temperature, hooking me up to nebulisers and machines that go ‘BEEP!’’
    • ‘Used with an infusion pump connected to a continuous nebuliser in the inspiratory limb of the circuit, it has also been shown to improve oxygenation.’
    atomizer, vaporizer, aerosol, sprinkler
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Mid 19th century: from nebulize + -er.