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
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 Among them: formally banning chokeholds and any force intended to restrict a person’s airway in its General Orders; a warn-before-shooting policy; and a duty to intervene when force is applied inappropriately or is no longer required. Dallas News, "Dallas Police Chief announces new policy to release videos of critical incidents within 72 hours," 1 July 2020 Magnus said officers were not restricting his airway with any form of chokehold, and no officer placed a knee on his neck. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Tucson in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram Lopez: What we know," 25 June 2020 Gilead’s inhalable version of the treatment would be administered through a nebulizer, a device that sends a mist of therapeutic liquid into the airway and is often used by asthma patients. Katherine J. Wu,, "Gilead to test a version of remdesivir that can be inhaled," 22 June 2020 Paramedics arrived and took the child to a nearby hospital where it was determined the boy had swallowed a coin, which had lodged in his throat and blocked his airway. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A sheriff's deputy saved a baby from choking during a Black Lives Matter protest," 18 June 2020 The boy had swallowed a coin, which got stuck in his throat and blocked his airway, officials said, adding that Kinsey’s actions turned the coin sideways and allowed the child to breathe again. Fox News, "California sheriff's deputy saves 11-month-old boy choking on coin during protest, video shows," 18 June 2020 The only difference is that the deaths stemming from their version of the illness are enacted in a slower, quieter, and less public fashion than a knee to the airway. David Malebranche, STAT, "Racism: The contagion in health care we need to eradicate," 4 June 2020 The chemicals can weaken and damage tissue in the airways - including the fine cilia hairs or larger hairs that help protect the airway from foreign intruders, such as a virus. Anchorage Daily News, "White House says police didn’t use tear gas and rubber bullets, a semantics argument," 3 June 2020 Glatter said tear gas can cause an asthma attack or dangerous swelling in the upper airway that could lead to asphyxiation and even death. USA Today, "Going to protest George Floyd's death? Here's how to protect yourself against tear gas, pepper spray," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of airway

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Jul 2020

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“Airway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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