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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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 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

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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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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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