breathing tube

noun

Definition of breathing tube 

: a tube inserted (as through the nose or mouth) into the trachea to maintain an unobstructed passageway especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs

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But shortly after, doctors hooked her up to IVs and breathing tubes. Kelly Ragan, USA TODAY, "Colorado mom finally gets to hold baby girl after she was born prematurely at 1 pound," 28 June 2018 Full-face masks, which look like wearable portals with breathing tubes poking out from the forehead, are now popping up everywhere. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Are Full-Face Snorkels Actually Better than Traditional Masks?," 8 June 2018 The Spring 2001 show, titled Voss, featured a curvy nude woman with a breathing tube attached to her face and moths fluttering around her body, inspired by Joel-Peter Witkin’s 1983 photograph Sanitarium. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The New Alexander McQueen Doc Evokes the Eye-Welling, Spine-Tingling Emotion of His Most Memorable Shows," 20 Apr. 2018 Respiratory failure did occur in two of the three most recent cases in San Diego and, in both cases, breathing tubes were necessary to keep the patients alive. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wound botulism hospitalizes three black tar heroin users," 10 Apr. 2018 Many of the patients affected rely on medical equipment such as breathing tubes and central-line catheters that pump drugs into veins, offering an easy route for the fungus. David Thill, Washington Post, "Could A Rare, Deadly ‘Superbug’ Fungus Be Gaining A Foothold?," 12 Feb. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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breathing tube

noun

Medical Definition of breathing tube 

1 : a tubular anatomical part (such as a trachea or bronchial tube) through which air passes into or out of the body of an air-breathing vertebrate

2 : a tube inserted into the trachea especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs : endotracheal tube An anesthesiologist shoehorned a breathing tube down the patient's throat.— Steve Fishman, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 1989

called also endotracheal tube

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