oxygenator

noun

ox·​y·​gen·​a·​tor ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) äk-ˈsi-jə- How to pronounce oxygenator (audio)
: one that oxygenates
specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

Examples of oxygenator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its use as an oxygenator in rocketry was connected to a 2007 accident at a facility at Mojave Air and Space Port in California that killed three people. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 Their potent mixture effectively breaks down grease and food particles, and the additional oxygenators can get rid of stubborn stains. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2023 There are bubbling stainless steel fermentation tanks, software that maintains temperatures, agitator motors and oxygenators. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2023 The researchers got around this problem by simply allowing the lamb hearts and lungs to circulate the fluid themselves with an oxygenator that added very little resistance to the system. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017 The specialized heart-lung bypass machine removes blood from the body and runs it through an oxygenator before pumping it back in. Marika Gerken, CNN, 21 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 5 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oxygenator was circa 1864

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“Oxygenator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenator. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

oxygenator

noun
ox·​y·​gen·​ator ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt-ər How to pronounce oxygenator (audio) äk-ˈsij-ə- How to pronounce oxygenator (audio)
: one that oxygenates
specifically : an apparatus that oxygenates the blood extracorporeally (as during open-heart surgery)

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