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

Examples of ventilator in a Sentence

The patient was put on a ventilator.

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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 Her medical credentials give her access to places journalists usually can’t go — such as the respiratory acute care unit, a kind of purgatory where patients exist tethered to ventilators for weeks or months on end. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 For someone so always in control of his life, the experience of coming off the ventilator must have been brutal to my dad. Jodie Briggs, Longreads, "Growing Up Around Funeral Homes Didn’t Prepare Me for Death," 27 Mar. 2018 He was also placed on a ventilator, which was recently removed, Devon said. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia girl, 3, uses FaceTime to save father's life after he suffers stroke," 12 July 2018 He was then put into a coma and placed on a ventilator, as his organs had begun shutting down. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive," 8 June 2018 The committee met at a time when advances in technologies such as mechanical ventilators raised the prospect of keeping people alive who could not open their eyes, speak or breathe on their own. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Doctors Face Scrutiny About Defining Death," 28 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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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 \

Kids Definition of ventilator

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


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

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