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

First Known Use of breathing tube

1949


Medical Dictionary

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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