Definition of lung
1a : one of the usually paired compound saccular thoracic organs that constitute the basic respiratory organs of an air-breathing vertebrateb : any of various respiratory organs of invertebrates
2a : a device enabling individuals abandoning a submarine to rise to the surfaceb : a mechanical device for regularly introducing fresh air into and withdrawing stale air from the lung : respirator — compare iron lung
lungfulplay \ˈləŋ-ˌfu̇l\ noun
Examples of lung in a Sentence
He filled his lungs with the clean. fresh air.
Recent Examples of lung from the Web
Saletta, 80, died June 19 at home in Glenview, according to his wife, Suzanne, who said her husband, a nonsmoker with no family history of smoking, died of lung cancer diagnosed last August.
Before Kevin Powers underwent lung cancer surgery last October, his girlfriend, Agi Orsi, meticulously checked and double-checked to be sure his Santa Monica, Calif., hospital and surgeon were in his health plan’s network.
Almost immediately after she was born, Layla was intubated, a tube threaded through her trachea so a machine could pump oxygen into her lungs.
A 29-year-old man is accused of stabbing a Naperville man 10 times with a knife and puncturing one of his lungs in what a Lisle police official are calling a case of road rage.
Leukotrienes are similar to histamine, but 100 to 1,000 times more potent in the lung than a similar weight of histamine.
Once in place, the device is well-positioned to catch clots that may form in the left atrial appendage, thus preventing these clots from breaking loose and traveling to the brain or lungs and causing a stroke.
The child did not swallow any water, but the bacteria still found its way into its lungs.
Her tenure will be a lung-busting sprint, not a long-distance slog.
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LUNG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lung for English Language Learners
: either one of the two organs that people and animals use to breathe air
LUNG Defined for Kids
Definition of lung for Students
: either of two organs in the chest that are like bags and are the main breathing structure in animals that breathe air
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 lobesb: any of various respiratory organs of invertebrates
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