air·​way | \ -ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

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 on the Web

Basic first aid and obstructed airway management will be covered., "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 July 2019 Asthma is a chronic lung disease that, through the swelling of a person’s airways, obstructs the flow of air into and out of the lungs, said Dr. Vamsi Guntur, associate professor of medicine at National Jewish Health. Rj Sangosti, The Denver Post, "The Long Shadow: Families in Elyria-Swansea struggle with asthma amid historic I-70 construction," 30 June 2019 In addition to Down syndrome, Pooser was born with a rare, degenerative airway condition that hinders her breathing. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "This brave teen with Down syndrome is taking to the sky as a flight attendant despite a bleak prognosis," 25 June 2019 Use a pacifier during nap and sleep times to keep airways open. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Are Crib Bumpers Safe? Experts Say Not Even Those "Breathable" Mesh Ones Should Be Used," 29 Apr. 2019 Even during the post-trial communal shunning of O. J. Simpson—when what was at issue was double murder—there was no campaign to take reruns of Roots, The Naked Gun, and The Towering Inferno off the airways. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," 10 Feb. 2019 Human biology has come up with a very effective way of clearing out our airways without a thought. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It’s 2019: How Are People Still Not Sneezing the Right Way?!?," 8 Feb. 2019 Johnson helped deliver the baby, then cleared its airway until EMS paramedics could get to the scene and take over caring for the baby. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Trooper helps deliver baby on the side of McGrath Highway in Somerville," 20 June 2018 In suitable patients, two to eight Zephyr valves are strategically placed in airways using a bronchoscope – a tube with a light and small camera that is threaded through the mouth into the lung. Marie Mccullough,, "Temple-led study of lung-shrinking valves offers new hope for advanced emphysema," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of airway

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of airway

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


air·​way | \ ˈer-ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

Kids Definition of airway

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


air·​way | \ -ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

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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