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bellows

(bel′ōz″)
An air pump. The term is sometimes used for a mechanical pump, or alternatively, to describe the functioning of the system comprising the diaphragm and thorax as gas is moved into and out of the lungs.

bellows

a term used to refer to the action produced by an intact thorax and diaphragm in inspiration and expiration.

bellows disruption
injury, usually by trauma, that disrupts the effectiveness of the thorax and diaphragm in moving air, e.g. puncture wounds of the thorax, flail chest and rupture of the diaphragm.
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He set the bellows away from the fire, and gathered his tools into a silver chest.
Twenty bellows blew upon the melting-pots, and they blew blasts of every kind, some fierce to help him when he had need of them, and others less strong as Vulcan willed it in the course of his work.
Newman's arm could no longer be restrained; the bellows, descending heavily and with unerring aim on the very centre of Mr Squeers's head, felled him to the floor, and stretched him on it flat and senseless.
replied the Jew, looking round as he plied the bellows.
Mowgli heard an answering bellow from the foot of the ravine, saw Shere Khan turn (the tiger knew if the worst came to the worst it was better to meet the bulls than the cows with their calves), and then Rama tripped, stumbled, and went on again over something soft, and, with the bulls at his heels, crashed full into the other herd, while the weaker buffaloes were lifted clean off their feet by the shock of the meeting.
Though in certain circumstances these gentlemen bellow their loudest like bulls, though this, let us suppose, does them the greatest credit, yet, as I have said already, confronted with the impossible they subside at once.
As they halted thus the lieutenant again be- gan to bellow profanely.
There was a tap at a door, a bull's bellow from within, and I was face to face with the Professor.
The beast began to roar and bellow, till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright; but the horse let him sing on, and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house.
Without waiting for an answer from Philip the big man burst into a great bellow of laughter.
Instantly the brute sprang to his feet with a bellow of pain and rage, and at the same instant Tarzan rushed in upon his left side with the stone knife, striking repeatedly behind the shoulder.
I heard a great infuriated bellow go up from Wolf Larsen, and from Leach a snarling that was desperate and blood-curdling.