aspirator

noun

as·​pi·​ra·​tor ˈa-spə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce aspirator (audio)
: 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

Examples of aspirator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use the nasal aspirator and press it firmly against the top hole. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 If the idea of sucking your baby’s snot out grosses you out, Frida Baby also offers an electric aspirator that will do the dirty work for you, though Amazon reviewers tend to favor the manual version. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 8 Jan. 2024 Nasal aspirator Try using nasal saline and then use a nasal aspirator to remove the mucous in younger toddlers. Christin Perry, Parents, 19 Aug. 2023 Start with an unused nasal aspirator. Rachael Lagarde Walker, Southern Living, 31 Mar. 2021 Connected to the hydro aspirator via a rubber hose, this long, hollow rod is inserted into the abdomen and organs to drain them of remaining fluids. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Mechanics, 22 Feb. 2023 The nurse removed the instrument and inserted a manual vacuum aspirator, a syringe-like device. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 16 Aug. 2022 That suction is stronger and easier to control than the old aspirator bulbs, leading to faster, more complete relief for a congested baby. Sabrina Rojas Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 8 Dec. 2021 The material is applied from a boat tacking slowly back and forth across the lake, using an aspirator setup. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspirator was in 1800

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Cite this Entry

“Aspirator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspirator. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

aspirator

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tor ˈas-pə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce aspirator (audio)
: an apparatus for producing suction or moving or collecting materials by suction

Medical Definition

aspirator

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