oxygen mask


Definition of oxygen mask 

: a device worn over the nose and mouth through which oxygen is supplied from a storage tank

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Shrapnel from the engine left a hole above the wing, and the oxygen masks dropped. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Hero Pilot Who Landed Deadly Southwest Flight Was One of Navy's First Female Fighter Pilots," 18 Apr. 2018 After putting on their oxygen masks, Shults took over and Ellisor began communicating with the other crew members, the Dallas Business Journal reports. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults reflects on life-changing flight: 'We had help that day'," 13 June 2018 After the engine failure, pictures show a number of passengers incorrectly using their oxygen masks, which are deployed after a rapid drop in cabin pressure, reports CBS News' Kris Van Cleave. CBS News, "Photos from damaged Southwest flight show passengers not heeding safety directives," 20 Apr. 2018 The crew donned their oxygen masks and shortly thereafter the captain became incapacitated from decompression sickness. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by pilot," 22 May 2018 Fortune Vaping Pilot On Tuesday, an Air China flight suddenly started an emergency descent, with oxygen masks released to terrified passengers. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump Diplomacy, Wilbur Ross, China Surplus: CEO Daily for July 13, 2018," 13 July 2018 His eyes were closed, his face half covered by an oxygen mask and an IV connected to his limp right arm. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018 Flight 861 had 120 people on board on May 14 when oxygen masks deployed and the pilots declared an emergency as the plane approached Dallas Love Field. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Southwest flight from Las Vegas to PHL diverted after warning," 20 May 2018 In the meantime, passengers wept and screamed for roughly 10 or 15 minutes, oxygen masks strapped to their faces, Mr. Kraidelman said. Liam Stack And Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Southwest Airlines Engine Explodes in Flight, Killing a Passenger," 17 Apr. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oxygen mask

: a mask worn over your nose and mouth so that you can breathe oxygen from a storage tank

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Medical Definition of oxygen mask 

: a device worn over the nose and mouth through which oxygen is supplied from a storage tank

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