Medical Definition of Inhalant

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Inhalant: 1. Generally, any breathable chemical vapor.
2. Specifically, a psychoactive substance whose volatile vapors are subject to abuse such as solvents, household and commercial gases, medical anesthetic gases, and nitrites (for example, in antifreeze). See also: Abused inhalant.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018