airway

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noun air·way \ -ˌwā \

Definition of airway

1 :a passage for a current of air (as in a mine or to the lungs)
2 :a designated route along which airplanes fly from airport to airport; especially :such a route equipped with navigational aids
3 :airline
4 :a channel of a designated radio frequency for broadcasting or other radio communication

Examples of airway in a Sentence

  1. a patient with a partially blocked airway

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First Known Use of airway

1800

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AIRWAY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of airway for English Language Learners

  • medical : the area in the throat through which air passes to and from the lungs

  • : a route along which airplanes regularly fly

  • —used in the names of some airlines


AIRWAY Defined for Kids

airway

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noun air·way \ ˈer-ˌwā \

Definition of airway for Students

1 :the passage through which air moves from the nose or mouth to the lungs in breathing
2 :a route along which airplanes regularly fly
3 :airline

Medical Dictionary

airway

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noun air·way \ -ˌwā \

medical Definition of airway

:a passageway for air into or out of the lungs; specifically :a device passed into the trachea by way of the mouth or nose or through an incision to maintain a clear respiratory passageway (as during anesthesia, convulsions, or in obstructive laryngitis) — see upper airway

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