pulse oximeter

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of pulse oximeter

: a device that measures the oxygen saturation of arterial blood in a subject by utilizing a sensor attached typically to a finger, toe, or ear to determine the percentage of oxyhemoglobin in blood pulsating through a network of capillaries

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First Known Use of pulse oximeter

1986

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pulse oximeter

noun

medical Definition of pulse oximeter

: a device that measures the oxygen saturation of arterial blood in an individual by utilizing a sensor attached typically to a finger, toe, or ear to determine the percentage of oxyhemoglobin in blood pulsating through a network of capillaries and that typically sounds an alarm if the blood saturation becomes less than optimal

pulse oximetry

noun

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