iron lung

noun

: 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 The girl’s parents agreed to experimental treatment with Dr. Stahlman, who pulled the iron lung out of storage in the basement. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 Then there was the pianist who was rolled onstage in an iron lung and the local official who was a patient of the chinodonist and wore a ridiculous headgear to fix his underbite. Peter White, Deadline, 28 June 2024 Must-reads Paul Alexander spent seven decades in an iron lung. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 Klaus flings himself, with a dead-in-the-eyes, hardly atoning resignation off a roof, only to live and end up in perhaps the worst possible punishment: surviving in an iron lung, left to be cared for by his long-suffering, chainsmoking wife Griselda (Marisa Paredes). Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for iron lung 

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iron lung was in 1930

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“Iron lung.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iron%20lung. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

iron lung

noun
: a device for artificial respiration in which the air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest changes in a rhythm and forces air into and out of the lungs

Medical Definition

iron lung

noun
: 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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