oximeter

noun
ox·​im·​e·​ter | \ äk-ˈsi-mə-tər How to pronounce oximeter (audio) \
plural oximeters

Definition of oximeter

: a noninvasive medical device for measuring continuously or intermittently the degree of oxygen saturation of circulating blood or a localized region of tissue especially : pulse oximeter

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Other Words from oximeter

oximetric \ ˌäk-​sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce oximeter (audio) \ adjective
oximetric sensors

Examples of oximeter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hewlett-Packard’s oximeter accomplished all of these things nearly half a century ago. Amy Moran-thomas, Wired, 4 June 2021 In the 1970s, Hewlett-Packard came out with an oximeter that would now be considered a technological dinosaur. Eve Sneider, Wired, 4 June 2021 On March 11, his wife, Lissette, drove him to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., after an oximeter showed his oxygen levels dipping. BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2021 The oximeter could also account for circulation idiosyncrasies. Amy Moran-thomas, Wired, 4 June 2021 Khan’s mini-ambulance has an oxygen cylinder, an oximeter, a plastic sheet to separate the area between the patient and him, and PPE kits, among other supplies. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 7 May 2021 Donnelly, who was diagnosed Feb. 11, said his symptoms included fever, chills, body aches and headache, but eight days after the diagnosis, his oxygen levels had risen to 90 on an oximeter. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Mar. 2021 The family had purchased an oximeter, a device that measures oxygen levels in the blood when clipped onto a finger. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, 23 Feb. 2021 The oximeter reading was sometimes off when it was compared with a more advanced test that samples blood from an artery. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of oximeter

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oximeter

earlier, "an instrument for measuring atmospheric or dissolved oxygen," from oxi- (respelling of oxy by assimilation to the linking vowel -i-) + -meter

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“Oximeter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oximeter. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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oximeter

noun
ox·​im·​e·​ter | \ äk-ˈsim-ət-ər How to pronounce oximeter (audio) \

Medical Definition of oximeter

: a noninvasive medical device for measuring continuously or intermittently the degree of oxygen saturation of circulating blood or a localized region of tissue especially : pulse oximeter

Other Words from oximeter

oximetric \ ˌäk-​sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce oximeter (audio) \ adjective
oximetric sensors

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