lung

noun
\ ˈləŋ How to pronounce lung (audio) \

Definition of lung

1a : one of the usually paired compound saccular thoracic organs that constitute the basic respiratory organs of an air-breathing vertebrate
b : any of various respiratory organs of invertebrates
2a : a device enabling individuals abandoning a submarine to rise to the surface
b : a mechanical device for regularly introducing fresh air into and withdrawing stale air from the lung : respirator — compare iron lung

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Other Words from lung

lungful \ ˈləŋ-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce lungful (audio) \ noun

Examples of lung in a Sentence

He filled his lungs with the clean. fresh air.

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The severe lung illness linked to use of e-cigarettes has spread to 36 states and is now blamed for six deaths, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Vaping lung illness spreads to 36 states, now blamed for 6 deaths," 16 Sep. 2019 Cases of squamous cell lung cancer did decrease after the surgeon general’s warning, but another type, adenocarcinoma, increased. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Suspect products The bust comes as federal agencies and authorities in 33 states—including Wisconsin— investigate an abrupt rash of severe lung illnesses that have been linked to vaping. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Black-market THC-vape operation busted in Wisconsin, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 At the time of writing, there have been at least 450 cases of an acute lung illness that causes people to experience severe chest pain and shortness of breath and has put roughly a third of all patients on ventilators. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The Trump administration prepares to ban flavored e-cigarettes," 11 Sep. 2019 Paul, 56, tweeted Monday that part of his lung damaged in the assault was removed during the weekend procedure. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Across the Nation," 5 Aug. 2019 Grossman wrote about how the defenseless townspeople would try to drive away marauding soldiers by screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs. Douglas Smith, WSJ, "Vasily Grossman’s ‘Stalingrad’: Harsh and Sublime," 14 June 2019 Janak needed intensive care for months and was in and out of emergency rooms for years afterward due to lung problems. Anna North, Vox, "Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s story counters misconceptions about who gets abortions," 14 June 2019 That makes your nose one of the first lines of defense for keeping potentially harmful particles out of your lungs, Erich Voigt, M.D., clinical associate professor and chief of general/sleep otolaryngology at NYU Langone Health, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of lung

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lung

Middle English lunge, from Old English lungen; akin to Old High German lungun lung, līhti light in weight — more at light

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lung

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lung

: either one of the two organs that people and animals use to breathe air

lung

noun
\ ˈləŋ How to pronounce lung (audio) \

Kids Definition of lung

: either of two organs in the chest that are like bags and are the main breathing structure in animals that breathe air

lung

noun
\ ˈləŋ How to pronounce lung (audio) \

Medical Definition of lung

1a : one of the usually two compound saccular organs that constitute the basic respiratory organ of air-breathing vertebrates, that normally occupy the entire lateral parts of the thorax and consist essentially of an inverted tree of intricately branched bronchioles communicating with thin-walled terminal alveoli swathed in a network of delicate capillaries where the actual gaseous exchange of respiration takes place, and that in humans are somewhat flattened with a broad base resting against the diaphragm and have the right lung divided into three lobes and the left into two lobes
b : any of various respiratory organs of invertebrates
2 : a mechanical device for regularly introducing fresh air into and withdrawing stale air from the lungs : respirator — see iron lung

Other Words from lung

lunged adjective

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