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.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of his patients, healthy adults in their 30s, have been sent to the Intensive Care Unit, relying on ventilators, due to flu complications. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 15 million Americans so far. It's influenza," 30 Jan. 2020 Both had multiple underlying health conditions, were dependent on ventilators, and were colonized by multi-drug resistant bacteria. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Deadly fungus became resistant to all existing drugs in 3 unlinked US patients," 9 Jan. 2020 Many are horrified by the prospect of expiring under florescent lights, hooked to ventilators, feeding tubes, and other devices that only prolong the inevitable., "The last time Americans died at home at the current rate was the middle of the last century, according to Dr. Haider Warraich, a cardiologist at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and a coauthor of the new research.," 13 Dec. 2019 Logan Nettleton spent the past four years preparing for her son to be freed from his ventilator, a life-saving device that helped her premature baby breathe, but kept the now-toddler on a short tether. oregonlive, "Young woman killed in Southeast Portland aimed to be 'best mom she could’ to special-needs son," 3 Sep. 2019 Facebook page said Landen Godsey is off the ventilator and breathing on his own. Leada Gore |, al, "Young Alabama boy critically injured by tornado remains in hospital: ‘Slow, long process’," 9 Jan. 2020 The woman was dependent on a feeding tube and required support from a ventilator, board records say. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Former doctor to Hacienda patient surrenders his medical license," 14 Nov. 2019 Some have required ventilators, and eight have died, officials said. Kate Thayer,, "5 more young people in Illinois sue e-cigarette giant Juul over nicotine addiction, health problems," 20 Sep. 2019 Many have been placed on ventilators, and at least five people have died. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Can a vaping health crisis be avoided?," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of ventilator was in 1743

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ventilator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of ventilator

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


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