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)

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 Instead, according to the complaint, the nurse on duty told Saint to take deep breaths with a measuring device called a spirometer, and got her oxygen level up to 72% — still far too low. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Another equation estimates lung function by gauging the maximum amount of air a person can exhale forcefully into an instrument called a spirometer. Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Science | AAAS, 22 July 2021 Participants breathed through a spirometer with a turbine to reveal their lung function. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 July 2021 Cartwright, the racist doctor from the 1800s, also developed his own version of a tool called the spirometer to measure lung capacity. Jacque Smith, CNN, 25 Apr. 2021 And Callen, Brees' youngest son, sat intently while watching his dad blow into a real spirometer. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 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, 16 Nov. 2020 His various treatments and supplies, including nebulizers, inhalers, breathing medications and a spirometer, keep multiplying. Ryan Prior, CNN, 5 Oct. 2020 The spirometer, first developed in the 1840s, is still used today. Adam W. Gaffney, STAT, 15 Sep. 2020 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirometer. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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