artificial respiration


Definition of artificial respiration

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

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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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1778, in the meaning defined above

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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

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Medical Definition of artificial respiration

: the process of restoring or initiating breathing by forcing air into and out of the lungs to establish the rhythm of inspiration and expiration — see back pressure-arm lift method, mouth-to-mouth

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