wind·​pipe | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌpīp How to pronounce windpipe (audio) \

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Examples of windpipe in a Sentence

She got something stuck in her windpipe.
Recent Examples on the Web And these methods are not possible in the most dire situations where a patient's entire windpipe is damaged. Star Tribune, "Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor," 6 Apr. 2021 Her old windpipe looks raw and red, her new one smooth as porcelain. New York Times, "‘There Was Nothing Anybody Could Do for These Patients.’ Now There Is.," 6 Apr. 2021 In several incidents detailed in the lawsuit, a male student-athlete assaulted the girl, striking her in the back and punching her in her windpipe. Lillian Reed,, "Fifth former student files lawsuit against Concordia Preparatory School alleging assault complaints were ignored," 19 Mar. 2021 The force of the cord around his windpipe instantly rips the man back to reality. Jen Spyra, The New Yorker, "The Boyfriend Identity: Part 2," 11 Mar. 2021 Oxygen can be delivered through tubes resting in the nose, a face mask or tube placed in the trachea or windpipe. CNN, "To treat Covid-19, President Trump is taking remdesivir, dexamethasone and more," 4 Oct. 2020 At the head of the bed, using a laryngoscope, a steel tool with a light at its end, a nurse anesthetist guided a tube almost 9 inches into the patient’s windpipe. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Spend a 20-hour day with the Parkland executive nurse juggling Dallas’ COVID surge and her own family," 6 Dec. 2020 His windpipe was crushed and he was left partially paralyzed. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Siegfried Fischbacher, Magician of Siegfried & Roy, Dies at 81," 14 Jan. 2021 The attack crushed his windpipe and left Horn, then 60, partly paralyzed. NBC News, "Siegfried Fischbacher of famed magic act Siegfried & Roy dies of pancreatic cancer at 81," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of windpipe

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windpipe was in 1530

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11 Apr 2021

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“Windpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windpipe

: the tube in your neck and chest that carries air into and out of your lungs


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