Definition of nebulizer in English:


(also 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’
    • ‘Routine treatment for croup was commenced with budesonide nebulisers, oral dexamethasone and adrenaline nebulisers.’
    • ‘A nebuliser is a device that turns a medicine into an vapour, and is used with a face mask or mouthpiece.’
    • ‘An equal number of medical stations were set up in an adjacent ‘green zone,’ equipped with nebulisers and pulse oximeters and electrocardiograph machines.’
    • ‘Meanwhile passengers may use their own battery powered nebulisers on board if they are approved by the aircraft engineers.’
    • ‘Patients and control subjects inhaled 2 mL of PDE through a hand nebulizer.’
    • ‘Home nebulizers are used to deliver maintenance antibiotic therapy for patients with cystic fibrosis or bronchiectasis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A fine mist is created as water passes over a high-frequency ultrasonic nebulizer - a device that creates an aerosol spray.’
    • ‘And because they deliver the medicine much more quickly than a nebulizer, they may be preferred by some parents.’
    • ‘Because the drugs mentioned above are far more expensive than bronchodilator solutions, wastage of drug in a nebulizer needs to be minimized.’
    • ‘The nebulizers charged with strong epinephrine solution are also useful remedies, which most patients suffering from asthma find sooner or later.’
    • ‘A nebulizer machine turns liquid medicine into a vapor (like a cloud) that you can breathe.’
    • ‘Some examples include drug-delivery pumps, implantable infusion pumps, and nebulizers.’
    • ‘The Ambulance soon arrived and the two ambos started taking my blood pressure, temperature, hooking me up to nebulisers and machines that go ‘BEEP!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inhalers and nebulizers are two different devices used to deliver rescue or controller asthma medications directly into your child's lungs.’
    • ‘His wheezing was worse when awake and was not responsive to steroids or nebulizers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    atomizer, vaporizer, aerosol, sprinkler
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Late 19th century: from Latin nebula ‘mist’ + -izer (see -ize).