endotracheal tube

noun
plural endotracheal tubes

Definition of endotracheal tube

: a small, usually plastic tube inserted into the trachea through the mouth or nose to maintain an unobstructed passageway especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs The endotracheal tube is connected to a ventilator, which controls the patient's breathing throughout the operation and delivers oxygen to the lungs.— Elizabeth G. Douglas

called also breathing tube

First Known Use of endotracheal tube

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Endotracheal tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endotracheal%20tube. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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endotracheal tube

noun

Medical Definition of endotracheal tube

: a small, usually plastic tube inserted into the trachea through the mouth or nose to maintain an unobstructed passageway especially to deliver oxygen or anesthesia to the lungs

called also breathing tube

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