breathing tube

noun
plural breathing tubes

Definition of breathing tube

1 medical : a usually small plastic tube inserted (as through the nose or mouth) into the trachea especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs … tracheostomy, a complication-prone and cosmetically undesirable insertion of a breathing tube through the neck.— John Grossmann especially : endotracheal tube … her life is sustained by a breathing tube that hospital authorities are unwilling to disconnect. — Judy Flander Eventually, anesthesia was called to insert a breathing tube and Mrs. M was placed on a ventilator because she could not breathe adequately on her own. — Kiran Gupta
2 : a tubular anatomical part through which air passes into or out of the body: such as
a : a trachea or bronchial tube of an air-breathing vertebrate … immediate help would be available to any student suffering anaphylaxis, the severe allergic reaction that can close off breathing tubes and send the body into shock.— Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah Bronchiectasis is abnormal dilation of the bronchi, the breathing tubes of the lungs.— Paul G. Donohue
b : one of the air-conveying tubules forming the respiratory system of most insects and many other arthropods : trachea sense 3 … tracheal mites, even tinier parasites, which attack bees' breathing tubes— Elizabeth Kolbert

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Recent Examples on the Web Surgeons performed a tracheostomy, where a breathing tube attached to a ventilator was inserted through a hole in her neck. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, "'Against all odds': Tempe mom, 31, spent more than 4 months hospitalized for COVID-19," 3 Nov. 2020 Treatment for epiglottitis starts with making sure the patient is able to breathe, so doctors may intubate them (which involves placing a breathing tube in the windpipe) or give them supplemental oxygen. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Jeannie Mai Was Hospitalized and Forced to Leave DWTS After Epiglottitis Diagnosis," 2 Nov. 2020 As weeks went by, Augustina required a breathing tube and then a ventilator. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "14-Year-Old Girl Survives Coronavirus After 57 Days in Calif. Hospital: 'COVID Is Not a Joke'," 18 Sep. 2020 Some moments stayed seared in his mind: When a young woman tore out her own breathing tube. Star Tribune, "Lives, on the line," 2 Oct. 2020 Three of us gingerly roll her to one side and attempt to slide an electric cooling blanket beneath her, without dislodging her breathing tube, arterial line, cardiac monitors, or I.V. drips. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 And thanks to a breathing tube in her nose, the mildest option for treating lung problems, her oxygen levels had improved to almost 100%. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Sent Home to Die," 2 Sep. 2020 The woman was being treated with a breathing tube and appeared to have suffered a fall. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "SF General Hospital seeks public’s help identifying woman found unconscious near airport," 18 Aug. 2020 In the last update on Aug. 3, the page read that Coar was successfully weaned off her ventilator and her breathing tube was removed, but six days later, her family announced her death. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Georgia Nurse and Mom of 2 Dies After Battling COVID-19: 'This Virus is Real'," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of breathing tube

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Breathing tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breathing%20tube. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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breathing tube

noun

Medical Definition of breathing tube

1 : a tubular anatomical part (as a trachea or bronchial tube) through which air passes into or out of the body of an air-breathing vertebrate … immediate help would be available to any student suffering anaphylaxis, the severe allergic reaction that can close off breathing tubes and send the body into shock.— Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, The Chicago Tribune Bronchiectasis is abnormal dilation of the bronchi, the breathing tubes of the lungs.— Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union News
2 : a usually small plastic tube inserted (as through the nose or mouth) into the trachea especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs … tracheostomy, a complication-prone and cosmetically undesirable insertion of a breathing tube through the neck.— John Grossmann, Science 84 especially : endotracheal tube Eventually, anesthesia was called to insert a breathing tube and Mrs. M was placed on a ventilator because she could not breathe adequately on her own. — Kiran Gupta, The Boston Globe

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