iron lung

noun

Definition of iron lung

  1. :  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

First Known Use of iron lung

1930


Medical Dictionary

iron lung

noun

Medical Definition of iron lung

  1. :  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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