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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The sleek silver Sous Chef has multiple feeding tubes, one of which is large enough to hold an entire tomato or one-pound block of mozzarella. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019 The feed tube attachment was too small to hold a medium-sized tomato or a one-pound block of mozzarella cheese. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "De'Longhi 12-Cup Full Kitchen Processing Center #DFP950," 20 Mar. 2013 Eventually patients have limited use of their hands and may need respiratory support and feeding tubes. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "One Family’s Struggle to Get Their Daughter Lifesaving Medication," 20 Jan. 2019 For Chase and his dad, though, that feeding tube is a badge of a warrior. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Dad Posts Incredible Shirtless Selfie With Son Who Has a Rare Heart Defect," 23 May 2017 Some women can be treated at home through bed rest and homeopathic treatments; more severe cases must be treated in a hospital through IV fluids and feeding tubes. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Hyperemesis Gravidarum Isn't Just Morning Sickness," 8 Sep. 2014 With the blender running, slowly pour 1/4 cup oil through the feed tube until combined. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Charred Gem Lettuce," 10 Aug. 2018 With the processor running continuously, blend the flour and salt briefly, then pour in all the liquid through the feed tube and process for about 30 seconds. Devon S. Fredericks, House Beautiful, "The Easiest Focaccia You'll Ever Make," 3 July 2014 Rust panicked the first time her mother’s feeding tube came out, by accident. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Hospital’s Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of feeding tube

1882, in the meaning defined above

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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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