en·​do·​tra·​che·​al | \ ˌen-dō-ˈtrā-kē-əl How to pronounce endotracheal (audio) \

Definition of endotracheal

1 : placed within the trachea — see endotracheal tube
2 : applied or effected through the trachea endotracheal intubation

Examples of endotracheal 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 video shows Kenneth Remy, a critical care physician, fully dressed in personal protective equipment, looking down into the camera while holding a laryngoscope and an endotracheal tube — tools used in the intubation process. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2020 All patients on a ventilator initially have air delivered to them via an endotracheal tube, which is inserted through the mouth and into the windpipe. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 22 Aug. 2020 By the turn of the twentieth century, better tools had evolved, so precise that physicians could not just see the cords but safely guide an endotracheal tube through them. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, 27 May 2020 Proning does come with some risks, such as pressure sores and dislodging of an endotracheal tube (a flexible plastic tube placed through the mouth and inserted into the windpipe to help a patient breathe), says Dr. Peled. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 21 Apr. 2020 The endotracheal tube is attached to the lines running to the mechanical ventilator. USA Today, 10 Apr. 2020 The endotracheal tube going into her mouth scraped her vocal chords, causing irreparable damage. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 19 Oct. 2018 His tongue tried to push out the endotracheal tube snaked down his throat. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of endotracheal

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Endotracheal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endotracheal. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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en·​do·​tra·​che·​al | \ -ˈtrā-kē-əl How to pronounce endotracheal (audio) \

Medical Definition of endotracheal

1 : placed within the trachea — see endotracheal tube
2 : applied or effected through the trachea endotracheal anesthesia endotracheal intubation


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