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 The Mayo Clinic recommends breathing through your mouth and avoiding forceful inhales so that your don't lodge the object further up or aspirate it into your airway. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 7 July 2021 Poole, who wasn’t involved in the study, said that food suctioning might be somewhat uncommon in the wild, where snuffing up vegetation off the ground could ferry all manner of dirt and crud into the airway as well. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Certain mutations might have helped Alpha more easily glom on to the outsides of cells; others might increase Delta’s ability to accumulate in the airway, the virus’s natural point of egress. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 June 2021 Others gained weight and their airway obstruction worsened. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 12 June 2021 This supports the jaw and increases space in the airway. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 June 2021 Course work covers instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and other emergencies., 28 May 2021 Often, noninvasive devices such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP, the sleep apnea device) and bilevel positive airway pressure ventilators (BiPAP) will do the job, experts have said. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 4 May 2021 This would be particularly useful in situations where a person’s airway is blocked or has sustained severe damage and can no longer provide enough oxygen for survival. Mike Wehner, BGR, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of airway

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jul 2021

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“Airway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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