feeding tube


Definition of feeding tube 

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

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Elliot's growth has completely stalled, and feeding tubes aren't helping. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Boy's Rare Condition Stops Him From Eating, But You Can Help," 1 Dec. 2016 Cybil Martin-Dennehy recruited the dad to try a breast-feeding device, which uses a fake nipple shield, feeding tube, a syringe and some formula to help the nursing process. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photos of "breast-feeding" dad go viral," 3 July 2018 Rather than preventing suffering in those with advanced dementia, feeding tubes can cause it. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 Her family went to court seeking an order to prevent the hospital from removing a respirator and feeding tube. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Jahi McMath, Who Doctors Declared Brain Dead 5 Years Ago Sparking Court Battle with Her Mom, Dies," 29 June 2018 Though Brianna’s feeding tube was nearly empty when police arrived at the home, six boxes of formula sat on the porch outside, the Post-Crescent reports. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Girl with Disabilities Suffered a 'Slow Death' from Her Mother's Neglect, Authorities Allege," 13 June 2018 Your andromeda and azaleas have lace bugs, an insect that inserts its feeding tube into the leaf and sucks out the contents of plant cells. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow," 17 May 2018 The battery caused serious injury to Cameron Soto’s esophagus, WTIC Fox 61 reported this week, and the toddler had to be hospitalized—complete with breathing and feeding tubes—for several months. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "A Button Battery Burned a Hole in a Toddler's Esophagus, and His Parents Are Sharing Their Scary Story," 10 May 2018 There are garments with flaps on the midsection for accessing feeding tubes. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Designing “Adaptive Clothing” For Those With Special Needs," 8 May 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feeding tube was in 1882

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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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