ven·​ti·​la·​tor | \ ˈven-tə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce ventilator (audio) \

Definition of ventilator

: one that ventilates: such as
a : a contrivance for introducing fresh air or expelling foul or stagnant air

Examples of ventilator in a Sentence

The patient was put on a ventilator.

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When he was moved to a ventilator the next day, the dog had a heart attack and died., "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 Like all emergency doctors, he’d been trained to perform the procedure — sedating the patient, putting a plastic tube down his throat and then attaching him to a ventilator that would breathe for him. New York Times, "Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients," 22 June 2018 In the meantime, Banerjee and her sister, Tumpa, have maintained a near-constant vigil at the boy’s bedside, where he is connected to a ventilator and intravenous fluids. Tom Avril,, "On life support at CHOP for nearly three weeks, 'brain dead' boy in legal, medical limbo," 4 May 2018 Owens said her daughter is on a ventilator and needs a feeding tube. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Internet ‘fire challenge’ leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned," 21 Aug. 2018 In denying the ventilator, Health Net classified the device as an experimental or investigational service, the lawsuit states. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "ALS activist who gained notoriety for quizzing Sen. Flake sues insurer," 2 July 2018 The student had been working alone beneath the ventilator hood of a small room inside the lab when the incident occurred, Sanders said. Lucas Phillips,, "BU grad student hospitalized after chemical spill," 30 June 2018 But several thousand make it to hospitals and ventilators before being pronounced dead. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason," 24 Sep. 2018 Moreover, Mr Sharif’s wife is on a ventilator in a London hospital. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 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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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


ven·​ti·​la·​tor | \ ˈven-tə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce ventilator (audio) \

Kids Definition of ventilator

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


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