breathing tube

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

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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1949

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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 FishmanRolling Stone9 Mar. 1989
called also endotracheal tube

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