ox·​y·​gen·​a·​tor | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) , äk-ˈsi-jə- How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) \

Definition of oxygenator

: one that oxygenates specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

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Recent Examples on the Web Called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, the technique siphons blood out of the patient, runs it through an oxygenator and pumps it back into the body. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "32 Days on a Ventilator: One Covid Patient’s Fight to Breathe Again," 26 Apr. 2020 In mid-February, North Korea quietly reached out to international organizations and nonprofits requesting assistance such as diagnostic test kits, protective gear and equipment, including ventilators and oxygenators. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "North Korea’s official coronavirus count: Zero. Why that claim is hard to believe," 4 Apr. 2020 The previous occupant of White’s cell needed oxygen, and a short extension cord was used to plug the oxygenator into an outlet in the cell, DiSalvo said. Jason Auslander, The Denver Post, "Pitkin County Sheriff: Cord used in jail suicide “shouldn’t have been there”," 5 Nov. 2019 After about a week, the oxygenator gradually failed and the patient lost consciousness and died, Truog said. Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Miracle medical machine ECMO makes heroic rescues, but leaves patients in limbo," 17 June 2019 Basically, the blood is drained out of the right side of the body, goes to an oxygenator, then is pumped to the other side of the body to provide circulatory support. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 This season is also taking a page from The Expanse in examining some of the practicalities of waging war across planets, with oxygenators that let soldiers breathe in thin atmosphere proving to be the most strategic resource. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 The lamb’s umbilical cord pulls in nutrients, and its heart pumps blood through an external oxygenator. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "A Functioning Fake Womb," 17 Jan. 2018 An oxygenator that supplemented the patient’s lungs was developed in 1954 and was subsequently used in combination with the device. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "When Detroit Muscle Powered a Breakthrough in Heart Surgery," 18 Jan. 2018

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circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Oxygenator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenator. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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ox·​y·​gen·​ator | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt-ər How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) , äk-ˈsij-ə- How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxygenator

: one that oxygenates specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

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