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

Examples of breathing tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes placing a breathing tube (intubation of an endotracheal tube) and the use of a ventilator (also called respirator). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2021 The guitarist-singer suffered a heart attack in February 2019 that required triple-bypass surgery as well as the insertion of a breathing tube that temporarily damaged his vocal cords. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2021 This group is more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit or require sedation and the insertion of a breathing tube in their windpipe than vaccinated people. Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 When the team removed the breathing tube from his throat, Greener could wiggle his big toe. Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 After removing the breathing tube placed in his first tracheotomy, a team of doctors gave Kearl, 59, two choices. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021 The breathing tube will be removed and the ventilator shut off. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Most patients are sent home with an oxygen concentrator — a machine with a breathing tube that plugs into an outlet and harvests oxygen from the atmosphere — and a tank of oxygen that can last up to six hours. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Soon, the patient will end the wait by waking up and trying to yank out his breathing tube. New York Times, 22 July 2021

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First Known Use of breathing tube

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breathing tube was in 1800

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“Breathing tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breathing%20tube. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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