air·​way | \ ˈer-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 All four air pollutants measured by the new monitoring equipment in Tucson have been shown to cause respiratory problems, including airway inflammation and asthma, as well as respiratory disease like emphysema and bronchitis. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 Evans, 68, had a medical history of hypertension, environmental allergies, allergic disorder and reactive airway disease — which wasn't asthma — and had experienced previous anaphylactic reaction to the drug Albuterol, the autopsy report said. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 My greatest fear was that those masks were going to fill with water or even that the boys would drown in their own saliva, so any airway reflexes that were still intact would work in their favor. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Bilevel positive airway pressure devices are a non-invasive type of ventilator that help ensure the lungs keep filling up with oxygenated air. Maggie Fox, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Some beds can be programmed to raise your head gradually to wake you up like an alarm, while others have an anti-snore mode with slight elevation to relieve pressure on your airway. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 If a person appears to be conscious and exhibits forceful coughing, onlookers should encourage the potential choking person to cough more to clear their airway before attempting the Heimlich maneuver, the council suggests. Fox News, 6 July 2022 Some people have surgery to reduce their tongue size and create space in the airway, but Dougherty didn’t want to resort to that for Elliot. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 The severe fungal respiratory infection included a laryngitis that restricted Monty’s airway, the zoo announced. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airway

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Aug 2022

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“Airway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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