air·​way | \ ˈer-ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

Definition of airway

1 : a passage for a current of air (as in a mine or to the lungs)
2 : a designated route along which airplanes fly from airport to airport especially : such a route equipped with navigational aids
3 : airline
4 : a channel of a designated radio frequency for broadcasting or other radio communication

Examples of airway in a Sentence

a patient with a partially blocked airway
Recent Examples on the Web However, despite the advanced launch system, CSIS' Funaiole said there are still signs the Chinese carrier lags behind its US counterparts, which have more catapults, a larger airway and more elevators to allow for quicker deployment of aircraft. Nectar Gan, Brad Lendon, CNN, 17 June 2022 Typically, a narrowed or blocked airway restricts air from getting to the lungs, causing loud snoring or the gasping for air. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 The baby's body was found in a ditch and an autopsy found that the boy likely died from exposure and failure to assist in maintaining an airway during his birth. CBS News, 4 Apr. 2022 Allergic asthma treatment varies but may also include an inhaler to help relax the airway passages in the lungs, relieving shortness of breath. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 31 May 2022 The best way to do that is to keep the head and shoulders aligned which keeps the airway as open as possible. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 24 May 2022 By inserting a new tube into the baby's airway, doctors were able to restore his breathing and heartbeat. Mark Johnson,, 29 Apr. 2022 Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, occurs when the upper airway repeatedly becomes completely or partially collapsed or obstructed during sleep, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 5 Nov. 2021 Jenkins then performed the Heimlich maneuver and cleared the cap from Robert's airway. Greta Bjornson,, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of airway

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2022

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“Airway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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air·​way | \ ˈer-ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

Kids Definition of airway

1 : the passage through which air moves from the nose or mouth to the lungs in breathing
2 : a route along which airplanes regularly fly
3 : airline


air·​way | \ -ˌwā How to pronounce airway (audio) \

Medical Definition of airway

: a passageway for air into or out of the lungs specifically : a device passed into the trachea by way of the mouth or nose or through an incision to maintain a clear respiratory passageway (as during anesthesia, convulsions, or in obstructive laryngitis) — see upper airway

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