ventilator

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tor | \ˈven-tə-ˌlā-tər \

Definition of ventilator 

: one that ventilates: such as

a : a contrivance for introducing fresh air or expelling foul or stagnant air

b : respirator sense 2

Examples of ventilator in a Sentence

The patient was put on a ventilator.

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Nolan’s newborn requires a ventilator to survive her first 48 hours. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘New Girl’ and ‘Andre the Giant’," 10 Apr. 2018 Even at this hospital, there was no ventilator to help him breathe, a staple of any functioning intensive care unit. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018 As of this morning, all of the children were stable, though most are on ventilators. Madeleine Rivera | Fox News, Fox News, "Children hurt in Guatemalan eruption receive care at Shriners Hospital in Texas," 7 June 2018 At another hospital, the generator providing electricity for his ventilator would shut off occasionally. Jeffery C. Mays, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters at UN demand audit of Puerto Rico death toll," 3 June 2018 These could be people that are living on ventilators or quadriplegics. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here are three big ways the Trump administration could put its mark on Medicaid," 16 May 2018 At another hospital, the generator providing electricity for his ventilator would shut off occasionally. Jeffery C. Mays, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters at UN demand audit of Puerto Rico death toll," 3 June 2018 At another hospital, the generator providing electricity for his ventilator would shut off occasionally. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, "Protesters Demand Audit of Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico," 2 June 2018 In 2008, he was operated on by Dr. Barth Green, who once performed a surgery on actor Christopher Reeve that allowed the famed actor to live without his ventilator. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Paralyzed fighting guerrillas in Venezuela, he graduated a star student-athlete at UTA | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of ventilator

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ventilator

ventilate + -or entry 1 (perhaps after Latin ventilātor "winnower")

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ventilator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ventilator

: a device that lets fresh air enter and move through a room, building, etc.

medical : a device for helping a person to breathe

ventilator

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tor | \ˈven-tə-ˌlā-tər \

Kids Definition of ventilator

: a device for letting in fresh air or driving out bad or stale air

ventilator

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tor | \ˈvent-ᵊl-ˌāt-ər \

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