in·​tu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌin-(ˌ)tü-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce intubation (audio) , -(ˌ)tyü-, -tə-\

Definition of intubation

: the introduction of a tube into a hollow organ (such as the trachea)

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intubate \ ˈin-​(ˌ)tü-​ˌbāt How to pronounce intubate (audio) , -​(ˌ)tyü-​ , -​tə-​ \ transitive verb

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Pangolins’ abnormally narrow mouths (oral cavity) and throats (orophyarynx) are perfect for their specialized diets but make intubation challenging for veterinarians who treat them. Paul Hilton, National Geographic, "Poaching is sending the shy, elusive pangolin to its doom," 17 June 2019 The patient requires intubation and the player must figure out how best to remove the mass. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health," 12 June 2019 After intubation, 31 percent of patients ages 65 to 74 survive the hospitalization and return home. New York Times, "Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients," 22 June 2018 All Orlando Fire Department firefighter-paramedics — more than 300 of them — this week are using one of Florida Hospital Nicholson Center’s surgical skills labs to practice patient intubation and a method of injecting drugs into the bone marrow. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando paramedics use cadavers to practice skills," 6 June 2018 Even more worrisome, there have been cases of serious respiratory issues, which require hospitalizations and intubation., "The laundry pod challenge: More dangerous than you think," 18 Jan. 2018 San Diego’s fees for ambulance responses including advanced life support services such as intubation or chest decompression would climb from $2,154 to $2,671. David Garrick,, "Ambulance fees could spike in San Diego amid response time concerns," 23 Oct. 2017 A more likely scenario would be brain death and intubation. USA TODAY, "'Miracle': How this 6-year-old saved his drowning twin cousins," 23 Aug. 2017 My childhood had been defined by health problems, starting with a life-threatening brush with epiglottitis that required an emergency tracheotomy and intubation. Will Sheff, New York Times, "Will Sheff: The First Time an Adult Took Me Seriously," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of intubation

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intubation was in 1887

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in·​tu·​ba·​tion | \ ˌin-(ˌ)t(y)ü-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce intubation (audio) , -tə- How to pronounce intubation (audio) \

Medical Definition of intubation

: the introduction of a tube into a hollow organ (as the trachea or intestine) to keep it open or restore its patency if obstructed The patient's respiratory rate diminished, requiring intubation within 20 minutes after arrival to the emergency department.The Journal of the American Medical Association, 15 Sept. 1993 That relieves me of the necessity of asking whether he has ever needed intubation—that extreme point where an asthmatic can no longer breathe for himself and needs a tube put down his airways so that a ventilator can do the work for him.— Perri Klass, Discover, April 1987 — compare extubation

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