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

Examples of intubation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lovecchio said he's seen a surge of severe cases requiring intubation. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Coronavirus model once used by White House now predicts 200,000 U.S. deaths by October," 16 June 2020 The device is a foldable, disposable barrier that can be used during high-risk procedures such as trachael intubation. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio doctor invents device to protect health care workers from COVID-19," 15 June 2020 Jackson says patients who refused intubation may have fared better because there weren’t enough people to manage ventilators. Sarah Feldberg,, "As Bay Area reopens, lessons from New York for next wave or next pandemic," 6 June 2020 Within 18 minutes, the test can identify patients who have been confirmed to carry the virus who may need intubation, the company said., "China Eases Airline Ban; Iran Cases Rise: Virus Update," 3 June 2020 And intubations, in which patients are placed on ventilators, ticked up slightly to 109 patients but remained far below the levels of 300-plus patients per day last week. Ian Fisher,, "New York’s Daily Virus Death Toll Drops Slightly to 777," 12 May 2020 Most of the procedures performed there require intubation. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska doctors and dentists can resume knee surgeries and fillings starting Monday. Will they?," 2 May 2020 There are other non-invasive types of ventilation that don’t require intubation (having a tube down your windpipe) and deliver oxygen through a mask instead. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Go on a Ventilator for COVID-19?," 30 Apr. 2020 The total number of hospitalizations, patients who were admitted to intensive care units and daily intubations are all down, Cuomo said. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump doubles down on unproven hydroxychloroquine claims," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Intubation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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