aspirator

noun
as·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈa-spə-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

Examples of aspirator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use the nasal aspirator and press it firmly against the top hole. Rachael Lagarde Walker, Southern Living, 31 Mar. 2021 There’s a slight slurping sound as the papaya seeds are sucked into the aspirator’s main chamber. Meghan Racklin, Glamour, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of aspirator

1800, in the meaning defined above

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“Aspirator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aspirator. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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