res·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈre-spə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce respirator (audio) \

Definition of respirator

1 : a device worn over the mouth and nose to protect the respiratory tract by filtering out dangerous substances (such as dusts or fumes) from inhaled air
2 : a device for maintaining artificial respiration

Examples of respirator in a Sentence

The doctors put her on a respirator.
Recent Examples on the Web The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. al, "Mob rule: Brooks and Byrne prove their loyalty to Trump," 23 Oct. 2019 The disintegration of the brain tissue had occurred after the boy’s death as his body was maintained on a respirator for two days until organs could be procured. Los Angeles Times, "In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended," 13 Oct. 2019 Roughly 10 days passed before McKay got fitted with a respirator. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, "'Insane, stabbing, burning pain': Ground zero workers still battling 9/11 health problems," 10 Sep. 2019 There are a range of respirators that are a step up from the basic N95 filter. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t forget your medications when building your disaster plan," 1 Sep. 2019 If the index is higher than 500, the use of the respirators is required. Camille Von Kaenel, The Mercury News, "California passes emergency rule for outdoor workers exposed to wildfire smoke," 22 July 2019 Hutchins has entered the cave dozens of times to collect data, wearing a full respirator. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Changing Climate Inside the World’s Largest Bat Colony," 6 Aug. 2019 No efforts were made to contain the asbestos; no warnings were posted; and the workers were not wearing respirators and not all were certified to handle this kind of asbestos, the records stated. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Contractor who mishandled asbestos in Alexandria project fined $15,000," 10 Aug. 2019 On some days in June and July the smoke in Fairbanks was so thick that my neighbor, who has asthma, had to wear a respirator mask. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, "Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of respirator

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of respirator

: a device that you wear over your mouth and nose so that you can breathe when there is a lot of dust, smoke, etc., in the air
medical : a device that helps people to breathe when they are not able to breathe naturally


res·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈre-spə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce respirator (audio) \

Kids Definition of respirator

1 : a device covering the mouth or nose especially to prevent the breathing in of harmful substances (as dust or fumes)
2 : a device used for helping a person to breathe


res·​pi·​ra·​tor | \ ˈres-pə-ˌrāt-ər How to pronounce respirator (audio) \

Medical Definition of respirator

1 : a device (as a gas mask) worn over the mouth and nose to protect the respiratory system by filtering out dangerous substances (as dust or fumes) from inhaled air
2 : a device for maintaining artificial respiration a mechanical respirator

called also ventilator

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