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humidification

[hyo̅o̅mid′ifikā′shən]
Etymology: L, humidus, moist, facere, to make
the process of increasing the relative humidity of the atmosphere around a patient through the use of aerosol generators or steam inhalers that exert an antitussive effect. Humidification acts by decreasing the viscosity of bronchial secretions, whereas added medications or sodium chloride may stimulate coughing by an irritant effect.
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In 1988, hospital staff nurses reported symptoms of eye and upper respiratory tract irritation after the nitrogen of CHA and morpholine (a similar nitrogen-containing corrosion inhibitor) into boiler water used to humidify a nursery and neonatal intensive care unit (NIOSH, unpublished data).
It can humidify inert, corrosive, and flammable gases, such as hydrogen and oxygen, at a wide range of flow rates.
Also, because with this type of system humidifying capacity is minimally affected by temperature or humidity, dependable moisturizing is provided even in low-temperature ambient environments normally difficult to humidify.
For one thing, consumers who want the benefits of moister air in their home want to humidify a larger area of the house than they can with a tabletop unit.
For more than three centuries, physicians and others assumed this mist served only to humidify and warm the incoming air.
With this system, humidifying capacity is unaffected by temperature or humidity, and dependable moisturizing is provided even in low-temperature ambient environments normally difficult to humidify.
The unit has a 10-gallon maximum output and can humidify 2,500 square feet of space.
The two-story-high "Icefall"Coa collaboration of Foster and Partners with glass specialist Jamie Carpenter and Jim Garland of FluidityCouses collected rainwater to cool the atrium in summer and humidify it in wintertime.
The firm's space-saving, 6-gallon Moisture Max Natural Moisture Console Humidifier is designed to humidify an entire house, up to 2,355 square feet.