spirometer

noun
spi·​rom·​e·​ter | \spī-ˈrä-mə-tər \

Definition of spirometer 

: an instrument for measuring the air entering and leaving the lungs (as in determining lung function in the diagnosis of pulmonary disease)

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Other Words from spirometer

spirometric \ˌspī-​rə-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective
spirometry \spī-​ˈrä-​mə-​trē \ noun

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Hayes also showed DeGeneres an instrument he was given at the hospital called an incentive spirometer that is supposed to keep his lungs healthy, and the two made a game out of it. Korin Miller, SELF, "Sean Hayes Needed Emergency Surgery After His Small Intestine ‘Burst Open’," 26 Oct. 2017 The incentive spirometer, which is used for a few days post-op, encourages people to take those deep breaths to keep their lungs healthy. Korin Miller, SELF, "Sean Hayes Needed Emergency Surgery After His Small Intestine ‘Burst Open’," 26 Oct. 2017 Each bag is stocked a five-day supply of Impact AR, an incentive spirometer to encourage deep breathing to prevent pneumonia, and antiseptic soap to guard against skin infections. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "This red bag, available only at IU Health, can help you fly through surgery," 2 May 2017 An incentive spirometer to encourage deep breathing to prevent pneumonia • Antiseptic soap to guard against skin infections • Shari Rudavsky, USA TODAY, "Having surgery? Prep your immune system ahead of time," 2 May 2017 Because Korle-Bu could not afford spirometers, patients were taught to simply blow up balloons, Dr. DeBaun said. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Easing the Toll of Sickle Cell Disease in Childbirth," 2 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of spirometer

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spirometer

International Scientific Vocabulary spiro- (from Latin spirare to breathe) + -meter

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spirometer

noun
spi·​rom·​e·​ter | \spi-ˈräm-ət-ər \

Medical Definition of spirometer 

: an instrument used in spirometry for measuring the air entering and leaving the lungs

Other Words from spirometer

spirometric \ˌspī-​rə-​ˈme-​trik \ adjective

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