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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: in- + -hale (as in exhale)

inhale

verb
     
in‧hale [intransitive and transitive]
to breathe in air, smoke, or gas [≠ exhale]:
It is dangerous to inhale ammonia fumes.
Myra lit another cigarette and inhaled deeply (=breathed in a lot of smoke).
inhalation noun [uncountable]
One man was treated for smoke inhalation (=when you breathe smoke from a fire).
WORD FOCUS: breathe WORD FOCUS: breathe
to breathe in: inhale formal

to breathe out: exhale formal

to breathe noisily: sniff, snore (when sleeping)
snort
, sigh

to breathe with difficulty: gasp, pant, wheeze, be short of breath, be out of breath

to be unable to breathe: choke, suffocate
breathe

See also
breathe
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