spi·​rom·​e·​ter | \ spī-ˈrä-mə-tər How to pronounce spirometer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce spirometer (audio) \ adjective
spirometry \ spī-​ˈrä-​mə-​trē How to pronounce spirometer (audio) \ noun

Examples of spirometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Callen, Brees' youngest son, sat intently while watching his dad blow into a real spirometer. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Drew Brees injury overview: Collapsed lung, fractured ribs and a look at the recovery time," 17 Nov. 2020 Brees posted a photo of him blowing into a spirometer — a device that's used to measure the air going in and out of the lungs — while being surrounded and tended to by three of his children. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints QB Drew Brees says he'll 'be back in no time' after injuries to ribs, lung," 16 Nov. 2020 His various treatments and supplies, including nebulizers, inhalers, breathing medications and a spirometer, keep multiplying. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This survivor may have had Covid-19 twice," 5 Oct. 2020 The spirometer, first developed in the 1840s, is still used today. Adam W. Gaffney, STAT, "Are lung function algorithms perpetuating health disparities experienced by Black people?," 15 Sep. 2020 The rattle of balls clattering up and down in a spirometer at the pace of ragged breaths, a loved one’s distant voice on a phone held by hospital staff – these were the sounds of an Inkster couple’s journey with the novel coronavirus. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "'We Lived It': In sickness and in health," 11 Aug. 2020 Take the spirometer, a tool that measures lung capacity. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, "‘The direct result of racism’: Covid-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people," 9 June 2020 The digital tools used range from accelerometers to spirometers and microphones. Rachel A. Chasse, STAT, "Digital endpoints library can aid clinical trials for new medicines," 6 Nov. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of spirometer was in 1809

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23 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spirometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirometer. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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spi·​rom·​e·​ter | \ spi-ˈräm-ət-ər How to pronounce spirometer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce spirometer (audio) \ adjective

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