artificial respiration

variants: or artificial ventilation

Definition of artificial respiration

: the rhythmic forcing of air into and out of the lungs of a person whose breathing has stopped, is failing, or is inadequate — compare mechanical ventilation

Examples of artificial respiration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hospitals held an emergency meeting to identify any personnel or patients who had been in touch with the man, who was put on artificial respiration and has a severe case of the virus, Yazdanpanah said. Washington Post, "The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak," 30 Jan. 2020 Soon, the five — who were between a day and a month old — were taken to the intensive care unit, where the three gravest cases were put on artificial respiration machines. Christopher F. Schuetze,, "German Nurse Accused of Poisoning Five Infants With Morphine," 30 Jan. 2020 Blue-ring bites occur each year in Australia, but timely, vigorous artificial respiration usually prevents fatalities; only three have been confirmed during the past century, none involving aquariums. Eric Scigliano, National Geographic, "Is it wrong to keep octopuses in captivity?," 15 Oct. 2019 Peck's actions - including applying a tourniquet, placing an endotracheal tube, and performing artificial respirations and CPR - were directly responsible for saving Stacy's life. Leada Gore,, "Trump State of the Union guests: ICE agent, Marine, Cajun Navy founder will sit with First Lady," 29 Jan. 2018 Stacy was injured in an explosion at a hospital, and Peck kept him alive -- with 20 minutes of CPR and two hours of artificial respiration -- until Stacy could undergo emergency surgery. Greg Larose,, "State of the Union: The 100 words Trump used the most," 30 Jan. 2018 Coffin recovered the body in about 15 minutes, but artificial respiration administered by a Lowell pulmotor squad failed to revive the lad, who was spending the day at the lake with his mother. Post-Tribune, "Lake County Star almanac," 9 Oct. 2017 But Birbaumer says only 5 percent of ALS patients choose to go on artificial respiration. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "Patients With Locked-in Syndrome May Be Able to Communicate After All," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of artificial respiration

1778, in the meaning defined above

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“Artificial respiration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of artificial respiration

medical : a process in which air is forced into and out of the lungs of a person who has stopped breathing

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Kids Definition of artificial respiration

: the forcing of air into and out of the lungs of a person whose breathing has stopped

artificial respiration

variants: or artificial ventilation

Medical Definition of artificial respiration

: the rhythmic forcing of air into and out of the lungs of a person whose breathing has stopped, is failing, or is inadequate : the process of restoring, maintaining, or initiating breathing by delivering air into and out of the lungs — compare back pressure-arm lift method, mechanical ventilation, mouth-to-mouth

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