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

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She got something stuck in her windpipe.
Recent Examples on the Web The cut was eight centimeters long and one centimeter wide, coming close to striking one of the victim’s main arteries and windpipe, the complaint said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A West Allis woman accused of attempted homicide slashed her roommate's neck with a box cutter, police say," 3 Jan. 2020 That will crush the windpipe of the Hezbollah (Lebanon), Hamas (Gaza), and Houthi (Yemen) terrorists, making peace possible in the Middle East, and will not go unnoticed in Pyongyang. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump’s NATO Successes," 3 Dec. 2019 The duo, with several other colleagues, gave Beyene an artificial windpipe in June 2011, in an operation written up in The New York Times. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "University declines to sanction doctor who referred patient for deadly transplant," 13 Apr. 2018 Nasal hair cannot stop them, nor can the mucus in the windpipe. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, "Did Delhi’s deadly smog just move 3,000 km to the south?," 19 Nov. 2019 During the same period, scientists also began learning about the nature of resuscitation, and how people who seemed to have drowned could sometimes be brought back to life by forcing air into their windpipe and performing abdominal compressions. Jeanne Dorin Mcdowell, Smithsonian, "The Science Behind Hollywood’s Movie Monsters," 28 Oct. 2019 Next, the glottis snaps shut, putting a lid over the trachea, or windpipe. Howard Lewine,, "A lingering cough should be checked by doctor," 2 Oct. 2019 Among other symptoms, diphtheria produces a gray membrane of dead cells in the throat that can block a child’s windpipe, causing death by suffocation. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget," 16 Aug. 2019 University of Utah scientists examined Mike and reported that the rooster could live because his brain stem was still connected to the spinal cord and his throat and windpipe were intact. Tom Noel, The Know, "16 strange, spooky and (mostly) true Colorado stories to tell around a campfire," 24 Aug. 2019

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Windpipe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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