feeding tube


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Letby is accused of killing another infant by injecting air into her feeding tube and bloodstream, prosecutors previously alleged. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2023 Earlier this school year there was concern around Charlie Browns for Sparkplugs junior guard Blessin Bambo, whose mom was put on a feeding tube after suffering seizures, unable to work. The Indianapolis Star, 24 Feb. 2023 The feeding tube is extra wide to help reduce prep time spent chopping vegetables or fruits into a more manageable size. Brittany Vanderbill, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 The feeding tube helped for a time, but by the time MJ was 3 months old, her condition had deteriorated. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 13 Nov. 2022 On top of not being able to physically breathe on his own, Mark was soon eating from a feeding tube before he became sedated and medically-induced paralyzed. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Because the man’s symptoms had potential to cause serious complications, doctors put him on a feeding tube and administered antibiotics until his pain and swelling passed. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 16 Jan. 2018 Marsha has a scar on her hip from a dog bite as a child and a scar on her stomach from a feeding tube. Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 6 Dec. 2022 Prosecutors alleged that Letby, 33, injected air into the stomach of the girl through a feeding tube, according to the BBC. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 20 Mar. 2023.

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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