iron lung

noun
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

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

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1930

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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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