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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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 The four-year-old pet, named Trevor, went from wiener to whopper when a hole in its windpipe left air trapped under its skin in a rare condition. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "One crazy summer for Trump and Mueller," 1 June 2018 Stacy's torso was nearly sliced in two, her throat was cut to her windpipe and her wrist was slashed to the bone. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana death row holds 11 prisoners," 31 Jan. 2014 Science The robotic snake has 16 windpipe-constricting actuators, but this serpent bot is more likely to save your life than suck it out of you. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Clever Vine-Like Robot That Grows and Steers With Air," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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