mechanical ventilator

noun
plural mechanical ventilators

Definition of mechanical ventilator

: a mechanized device that enables the delivery or movement of air or oxygen into the lungs of a patient whose breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate : an automated ventilator

Note: Modern, computerized, mechanical ventilators typically monitor and customize gas delivery, maintain a constant pressure in the lungs to prevent the alveoli from collapsing, and deliver air and oxygen to the lungs by way of an endotracheal tube.

First Known Use of mechanical ventilator

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Mechanical ventilator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mechanical%20ventilator. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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mechanical ventilator

noun

Medical Definition of mechanical ventilator

: a mechanized device that enables the delivery or movement of air or oxygen into the lungs of a patient whose breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate : an automated ventilator

Note: Modern, computerized, mechanical ventilators typically monitor and customize gas delivery, maintain a constant pressure in the lungs to prevent the alveoli from collapsing, and deliver air and oxygen to the lungs by way of an endotracheal tube.

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