intubation

noun

in·​tu·​ba·​tion ˌin-(ˌ)tü-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce intubation (audio) -(ˌ)tyü- How to pronounce intubation (audio) -tə- How to pronounce intubation (audio)
plural intubations
: the introduction of a tube into a hollow organ or part (such as the trachea or stomach) especially to maintain an open passage or gain access to the interior
endotracheal/nasogastric intubation
… the neonate experienced respiratory distress that required intubation.Paul J. Benke

Examples of intubation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several patients have needed intubation, mechanical ventilation and admission to an intensive care unit. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2024 Approximately two hours after the bite his respiratory pathway began to swell requiring emergency intubation to help him breath. Scott Travers, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 More than half of the patients impacted suffered from central nervous system (CNS) depression and seizures after ingestion, with some requiring hospitalization and intubation, the state advisory said. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2024 This crystal ball aimed to forecast outcomes ranging from in-hospital mortality to intensive care unit admissions or intubations. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for intubation 

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Word History

Etymology

in- entry 2 + tube + -ation

Note: The term intubation was probably introduced in 1885, in the article "Treatment of Croup" by the Illinois physician Frank E. Waxham (The Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner, vol. 1, no. 6, June, 1885, p. 476). Waxham credits the use of tubes introduced into the trachea as an alternative to tracheotomy to the American physician Joseph O'Dwyer (1841-98). O'Dwyer published an initial report on the procedure as "Intubation of the Larynx," The New York Medical Journal, vol. 42, issue of August 8, 1885, pp. 145-47. O'Dwyer also uses tubage for the technique, after the French term used by the physician Eugène Bouchut, who published an earlier description ("D'une nouvelle méthode de traitement du croup par le tubage du larynx," Bulletin de l'Académie de Médecine, tome 23 [1858], pp. 1160-62).

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intubation was in 1885

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“Intubation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intubation. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

intubation

noun
in·​tu·​ba·​tion
ˌin-(ˌ)t(y)ü-ˈbā-shən
: the introduction of a tube into a hollow organ or part (as the trachea) especially to maintain an open passage or gain access to the interior
intubate
ˈin-(ˌ)tyü-ˌbāt
verb

Medical Definition

intubation

noun
in·​tu·​ba·​tion ˌin-(ˌ)t(y)ü-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce intubation (audio) -tə- How to pronounce intubation (audio)
: the introduction of a tube into a hollow organ or part (such as the trachea or stomach) especially to maintain an open passage or gain access to the interior
endotracheal/nasogastric intubation
The patient's respiratory rate diminished, requiring intubation within 20 minutes after arrival to the emergency department.The Journal of the American Medical Association
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
compare extubation
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