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
a patient with a partially blocked airway
Recent Examples of airway from the Web
Most such deaths involve suffocation, where a baby's airway was obstructed.
Her lips became swollen, and her airways constricted.
This generally means keeping snorers off their backs and on their sides as a way to keep the airway more open during sleep.
These include coronary artery disease (the most common kind of heart disease), drowning or airway obstruction, injury or trauma that causes severe bleeding, and pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), Druz says.
Sometimes the tongue propels saliva backward before the epiglottis has time to cover the airway.
Their only business with Qatar was leasing office space in Trump Tower, in Manhattan, to the national airway.
When a person has inflamed airways, as seen in asthmatics, an increase in nitric oxide is seen in exhaled air.
Dry drowning occurs when the inhalation of water leads to a constriction of muscles in the airway, Dr. Purva Grover, a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a post on the clinic’s website.
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First Known Use of airway
AIRWAY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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