ventilator

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

Definition of ventilator

: something or someone that ventilates: such as
a : a device for introducing fresh air or expelling foul or stagnant air
b : a device for maintaining artificial respiration especially : a mechanized device that enables the delivery or movement of air and oxygen into the lungs of a patient whose breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate : mechanical ventilator

Note: Modern, computerized mechanical ventilators typically monitor and customize gas delivery, maintain a constant pressure in the lungs to prevent the alveoli from collapsing, and deliver air and oxygen to the lungs by way of an endotracheal tube.

Examples of ventilator in a Sentence

The patient was put on a ventilator.
Recent Examples on the Web After she was admitted to intensive care and placed on a ventilator, her health teetered up and down day after day. San Diego Union-Tribune, "GoFundMe pages reveal hidden stories of loss," 21 Feb. 2021 Richard Odum died Wednesday after spending 35 days on a ventilator, less than a day after his son created the fundraiser to help pay for his long-term care. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Retired Athens police officer dies after monthlong COVID-19 battle," 11 Feb. 2021 Down the hallway, Mr. Virgen, the minibus driver, was also unconscious on a ventilator. New York Times, "Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital," 8 Feb. 2021 She was released after 18 days in the hospital — eight of them on a ventilator. Los Angeles Times, "For a rural family, COVID-19 felt like a distant threat. Until it devastated them," 7 Feb. 2021 Some may think that this is only going to impact those that were terribly ill in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. Anchorage Daily News, "Far more women than men seem to be reporting ‘long-haul’ COVID-19 symptoms," 5 Feb. 2021 Doctors and nurses were expected to make life-or-death decisions, such as whether to put someone with COVID-19 on a ventilator, under conditions of duress and often with conflicting medical advice, the bill's supporters argue. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, "Minnesota bill would shield health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits," 5 Feb. 2021 The educator and father of four was placed on a ventilator for 12 days. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Hospitalized for six weeks with COVID-19, a Flower Mound principal returns home," 4 Feb. 2021 She was hospitalized, and is now unconscious on a ventilator, clinging to life. Fox News, "NYC nursing home resident who was denied a vaccine dies of COVID-19," 31 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Ventilator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ventilator. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce ventilator (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ventilator (audio) \

Medical Definition of ventilator

: a device for maintaining artificial respiration especially : a mechanized device that enables the delivery or movement of air and oxygen into the lungs of a patient whose breathing has ceased, is failing, or is inadequate : mechanical ventilator

Note: Modern, computerized mechanical ventilators typically monitor and customize gas delivery, maintain a constant pressure in the lungs to prevent the alveoli from collapsing, and deliver air and oxygen to the lungs by way of an endotracheal tube.

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