feeding tube


Definition of feeding tube

: a flexible tube passed into the stomach for introducing fluids and liquid food into the stomach

Examples of feeding tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The good news continued earlier this month when Zach announced that his wife had finally been released from the hospital's intensive care unit and gotten her feeding tube removed. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 25 Nov. 2021 Genevieve George, a feeding tube in her nose, smiled as teammates hugged her and told her how much she was missed. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Sutton would need round-the-clock dialysis and a feeding tube to survive. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 The victim is a trainee on whom another student demonstrates the insertion of a feeding tube—a fatal exercise that pumps her full of toxins. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2021 In another, an infant is seen lying splayed out, eyes half closed and a feeding tube running from their nose. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 In the emergency room, when a nurse put a feeding tube up his nose, blood started gushing out. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Oct. 2021 Medics would roughly insert a feeding tube up his nose and down his throat. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 The feeding tube was removed, and Cruzan died two weeks later on Dec. 26, 1990. Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of feeding tube

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feeding tube was in 1882

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30 Nov 2021

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“Feeding tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding%20tube. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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Medical Definition of feeding tube

: a flexible tube (as of polyurethane or silicone) passed into the stomach (as by way of the nasal passages or through a surgical opening in the abdominal wall) for introducing fluids and liquid food into the stomach


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