can·​nu·​la | \ ˈkan-yə-lə How to pronounce cannula (audio) \
plural cannulas or cannulae\ ˈkan-​yə-​ˌlē How to pronounce cannulae (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of cannula

: a small tube for insertion into a body cavity or into a duct or vessel

Examples of cannula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her youngest daughter lay behind her on a beanbag with a cannula in her nose, breathing concentrated oxygen while doing her fifth-grade homework. Dallas News, "Vanessa Ogle went into creative overdrive when pandemic threatened her hotel tech company," 7 June 2020 After the patient was given oxygen through a nasal cannula — clear plastic tubes that fit into the nostrils — Dr. Levitan helped her to lie face down on the massage table. New York Times, "What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They’d Known a Month Ago," 14 Apr. 2020 The hospital used the cannulas on dozens of patients. Devi Shastri, USA TODAY, "Less-invasive breathing therapies could keep 'significant number' of patients off ventilators," 28 Apr. 2020 The hospital used the cannulas on dozens of patients. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Less-invasive breathing therapies could keep 'significant number' of patients off ventilators," 27 Apr. 2020 The first intervention that a patient may encounter is receiving oxygen through a cannula in the nose, says James Gunsalus, a respiratory therapy supervisor specializing in adult critical care. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Snorkeling Mask Apparatus Might Help COVID-19 Patients Avoid Intubation," 22 Apr. 2020 By Friday, Hall had just a nasal cannula supplying extra oxygen. Laura Lane, Indianapolis Star, "Given 1% chance of survival, Owen County woman diagnosed with coronavirus beats the odds," 18 Apr. 2020 One treatment for these issues is to provide supplemental oxygen through a nasal cannula, a device that goes into a patient's nose. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Ventilators don't operate on their own. Why respiratory therapists are key to coronavirus treatment," 6 Apr. 2020 The most gentle tool is a nasal cannula, which is a tube with two prongs that is placed on a patient’s nostrils. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Ventilators Aren’t Going to Cure COVID-19. Here’s What They Can Do.," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cannula

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cannula

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of canna reed — more at cane

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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cannula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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variants: also canula \ ˈkan-​yə-​lə How to pronounce canula (audio) \
plural cannulas or cannulae\ -​ˌlē, -​ˌlī How to pronounce cannulae (audio) \

Medical Definition of cannula

: a small tube for insertion into a body cavity, duct, or vessel

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