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 feeding tube came out of her nose the day before. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 There’s 17-year-old Abby, an aspiring storyboard artist acclimating to a new feeding tube after missing much of their senior year in high school because of medical issues. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 Weighing about 17 lbs., Hallie still has a feeding tube but is learning to eat purees and will eventually eat by mouth. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 In March 2005, a federal judge declined the Schindlers’ petition to reinsert Terri’s feeding tube. Monica Mercuri, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Following their arrests, it was revealed that Dee Dee had lied for years about her daughter having a host of serious medical conditions, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy, which required her to utilize a wheelchair and feeding tube when Gypsy was actually physically healthy. EW.com, 28 Dec. 2023 Gideon was born with a heart defect and uses a ventilator and a feeding tube, requiring round-the-clock care. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Blanchard’s mother had led both her daughter and the world to believe that Blanchard was ill and disabled growing up: afflicted with leukemia and muscular dystrophy, and in need of a wheelchair and a feeding tube. Vlad Velicu, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 Suncoast also happens to be where Terri Schiavo, a woman who in real life had been in a coma for 15 years, is, while a media circus happens outside with protests over the removal of her feeding tube by her husband. The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of feeding tube was in 1882

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“Feeding tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feeding%20tube. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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