aspirator

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈas-pə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce aspirator (audio) \

Definition of aspirator

: an apparatus for producing suction or moving or collecting materials by suction especially : a hollow tubular instrument connected with a partial vacuum and used to remove fluid or tissue or foreign bodies from the body

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There’s a slight slurping sound as the papaya seeds are sucked into the aspirator’s main chamber. Meghan Racklin, Glamour, "The New Abortion Underground Starts with Information," 22 Jan. 2019 The technology and techniques have improved in the past decade, however, especially after the introduction of the Vaser liposuction system, which uses ultrasound to break up and liquefy unwanted fat and then expel it with an aspirator. Eric Pianin, Washington Post, "Why some men are asking for breast-reduction surgery," 6 Mar. 2018 Hess explains that researchers soak the sponges in yeasty water to attract fruit flies, then return a couple of hours later with an aspirator to suck them up for study. Elyse Butler, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems," 29 Apr. 2017 Thinking quickly, the young boy ran into the kitchen and grabbed his little sister’s nasal aspirator and used it to clear the infant’s nose— Southern Living, "10-Year-Old Louisiana Boy Helps Mom Deliver Baby Brother, Saving Them Both," 22 Aug. 2017 Again, Fontenot sprang into action and retrieved a nasal aspirator from the kitchen and used it to clear the infant’s nose—saving his brother’s life. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Heroic 10-Year-Old Boy Helps Mom Deliver and Rescue His Baby Brother: ‘Just Tell Me What I Need to Do’," 21 Aug. 2017 Look at smiling, 12-year-old Parker from Utah, who needs a feeding tube, an aspirator, a trach and loads of medication to survive. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Parents of sick kids try to remind Congress what the health-care debate should be about," 22 June 2017 Making VX is, essentially, a matter of having the right ingredients; gear like flasks, distillation equipment and aspirators; and a desire to manufacture something deadly enough to kill you with a single misplaced drop. Gerry Doyle, New York Times, "What Is VX Nerve Agent? A Deadly Weapon, Rarely Seen," 24 Feb. 2017 The researchers collected their samples, both living and dead, using forceps, aspirators—a type of vacuum—and nets. Matt Bertone, National Geographic, "500 Kinds of Bugs May be Living in Your House," 19 Jan. 2016

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aspirator

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈas-pə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce aspirator (audio) \

Medical Definition of aspirator

: an apparatus for producing suction or moving or collecting materials by suction especially : a hollow tubular instrument connected with a partial vacuum and used to remove fluid or tissue or foreign bodies from the body

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