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.

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Peck pushed a tube down the windpipe to open an airway and covered his torso with a chest seal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A bomb blast, a phone call and a Navy family forever changed," 28 June 2019 In Kartagener syndrome, for example, immobile cilia in the windpipe cause breathing difficulties. Tim Vernimmen, Quanta Magazine, "How Life Turns Asymmetric," 31 Jan. 2017 The woman had to be sedated and intubated because of swelling in her windpipe, according to authorities. Michelle Hunter,, "Attempted murder charge after Kenner man chokes woman, police say," 5 June 2019 These symptoms happen due to swelling that occurs around the larynx (the vocal cords), trachea (windpipe), and bronchi (bronchial tubes). Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018 In severe cases, a temporary breathing tube may need to be put in a child’s windpipe to help them breathe, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "HGTV's Tarek and Christina El Moussa's Son Was Hospitalized for Croup," 16 Oct. 2018 The 4-year-old dog had somehow sustained an injury to his windpipe that was allowing air to leak into his body and seep underneath his skin, causing him to bloat, according to a statement Friday from the Willows Veterinary Group. The Washington Post,, "Dachshund blew up like a balloon, 'crackled like Bubble Wrap'," 1 June 2018 With his windpipe cleared, the man reportedly man went on to enjoy the rest of his meal. Southern Living, "Fast Food Heroes: Texas Chick-fil-A Employee and Customer Team Up to Save Choking Man," 28 June 2018 Doctors had to perform a tracheotomy to help the man breathe - a procedure that involves them making an incision into his windpipe to allow air to pass through. Andrea Downey, Fox News, "Man's throat began to rot after he mistakenly swallowed bleach tablet," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of windpipe

1530, in the meaning defined above

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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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