1. an apparatus that qualifies air breathed through it, to be distinguished from a ventilator.
2. frequently used misnomer for ventilator (def. 2).
Drinker respirator a formerly common but now rarely used type of ventilator that provides controlled, automatic breathing for a patient whose respiratory muscles are paralyzed; it consists of a metal tank, enclosing the patient's body with the head outside, within which artificial respiration is maintained by alternating negative and positive pressure. It was instrumental in the treatment of the poliomyelitis epidemic of the early decades of the 20th century. Popularly known as iron lung.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
res·pi·ra·tor (res'pi-rā'tŏr, -tōr),
1. An apparatus for administering artificial respiration in cases of respiratory failure.
An appliance fitting over the mouth and nose, used for the purpose of excluding dust, smoke, or other irritants, or of otherwise altering the air before it enters the respiratory passages. Synonym(s): inhaler
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2. A device worn over the mouth or nose or both to protect the respiratory tract from harmful dust or fumes.
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respirator A device used to facilitate respiration. See BagEasy respirator, HEPA respirator.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. An appliance fitting over the mouth and nose, used to exclude dust, smoke, or other irritants, or otherwise alter the air before it enters the respiratory passages.
An apparatus for administering artificial respiration, especially for a prolonged period, in cases of paralysis or inadequate spontaneous ventilation.
See also: ventilator
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
1. Any mechanical device used to maintain the breathing and the supply of air or oxygen to the lungs. Most modern respirators are of the intermittent positive pressure type.
2. A filtering device that covers the face and removes toxic elements form the inspired air.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An apparatus for administering artificial respiration in cases of respiratory failure.
An appliance fitting over the mouth and nose, used to exclude dust, smoke, or other irritants, or of otherwise altering air before it enters respiratory passages.
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Patient discussion about respirator
Q. Help her to breathe. My sixteen year old cousin (girl) who is wondering if she is suffering from asthma, anxiety or both. She is thin, healthy girl and have been very worried She have asthma and have been thinking about it constantly. When she exercise, she get more out of breath, more worn out, and her heart beats faster than other people. Sometimes her chest hurts, but people tell me that is from my chest muscles being worked. She get a little dizzy also. When she go to bed at night sometimes it seems hard to breathe. She can take a deep breath and everything but it seems hard or something. I know there isn't anything wrong with my heart because she had an EKG done recently and chest x-rays. That was fine. When it is hot humid and muggy outside she find it hard to breath. Do you think she have asthma. She don't have any coughing or any known wheezing. Could thinking about every breath she take seem like she have asthma? She really want to know and me too, what is going on! Please help her to breathe!!!!
A. PS--alcohol and cigarettes can cause this problem to(drugs)mrfoot56.
Q. What causes bad breath? I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?
A. Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)
Q. How to get rid of bad breath? My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?
A. Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.More discussions about respirator
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