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breathing machine

noun

medical Definition of breathing machine

: a device that assists breathing (as by keeping the air passages open) or maintains artificial respiration
  • He suffers from sleep apnea, so he uses a breathing machine.
  • —Dan CaseyThe Roanoke (Virginia) Times18 Apr. 2013
  • The team tried to put her on a breathing machine, but the pond water had damaged her lungs too severely for oxygen to reach her blood.
  • —Atul GawandeThe New Yorker10 Dec. 2007

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