pul·​mo·​tor | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌmō-tər How to pronounce pulmotor (audio) , ˈpəl- \

Definition of pulmotor

: a respiratory apparatus for pumping oxygen or air into and out of the lungs (as of an asphyxiated person)

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Recent Examples on the Web Risks Life in Surf The pulmotor at the beach was put in use and a telephone call rushed out a lung motor from police headquarters at San Diego. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 6, 1918: 13 drown at Ocean Beach," 6 May 2018 Coffin recovered the body in about 15 minutes, but artificial respiration administered by a Lowell pulmotor squad failed to revive the lad, who was spending the day at the lake with his mother. Post-Tribune, "Lake County Star almanac," 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pulmotor

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pulmotor

from Pulmotor, a trademark

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The first known use of pulmotor was in 1911

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“Pulmotor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulmotor. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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pul·​mo·​tor | \ ˈpu̇l-ˌmōt-ər, ˈpəl- How to pronounce pulmotor (audio) \

Medical Definition of pulmotor

: a respiratory apparatus for pumping oxygen or air into and out of the lungs (as of an asphyxiated person)

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