iron lung

noun

Definition of iron lung

: a device for artificial respiration in which rhythmic alternations in the air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest force air into and out of the lungs

Examples of iron lung in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Alexander is thought to be one of only two people still using an iron lung, reports the Guardian. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Nov. 2021 This essay is adapted from a longer version that details the development of the iron lung. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 Parents lived in fear that their children would be crippled, killed or confined to an iron lung -- making vaccination more appealing than in today's pandemic. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2021 This essay is adapted from a longer version that details the development of the iron lung. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 Before the iron lung was deployed, however, doctors worried about its use. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 This essay is adapted from a longer version that details the development of the iron lung. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 This essay is adapted from a longer version that details the development of the iron lung. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 This essay is adapted from a longer version that details the development of the iron lung. Hannah Wunsch, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of iron lung

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of iron lung was in 1930

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28 Nov 2021

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“Iron lung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iron%20lung. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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iron lung

noun

Medical Definition of iron lung

: a device for artificial respiration in which rhythmic alternations in the air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest force air into and out of the lungs especially when the nerves governing the chest muscles fail to function because of polio

called also Drinker respirator

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