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(res'pi-rā'tŏr, -tōr),
1. An apparatus for administering artificial respiration in cases of respiratory failure.
2. 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 (1)
Synonym(s): ventilator


/ven·ti·la·tor/ (ven´tĭ-la-tor)
1. an apparatus for qualifying the air breathed through it.
2. a device for giving artificial respiration or aiding in pulmonary ventilation.

cuirass ventilator  one applied only to the chest, either completely surrounding the trunk or only on the front of the chest and abdomen.


1. A device that circulates fresh air and expels stale or foul air.
2. Medicine A machine that supplies oxygen or a mixture of oxygen and air, used in artificial respiration to control or assist breathing. Also called respirator.

ven′ti·la·to′ry (vĕn′tl-ə-tôr′ē) adj.


any of several devices used in respiratory therapy to provide assisted respiration and intensive positive-pressure breathing. Kinds of ventilators are pressure ventilator and volume ventilator. See also IPPB unit.


Artificial respirator A device that mechanically helps Pts exchange O2 and CO2. See High-frequency oscillating ventilator.


A mechanical device designed to perform part or all of the work of respiration, i.e., of moving gas into and out of the lungs.
[L. ventilo, to fan, fr. ventus, wind, + -ator, agent suffix]


A mechanical air or oxygen pump used to maintain breathing in a paralysed, deeply anaesthetized or brain-damaged person unable to breathe spontaneously. Ventilators provide an intermittent flow of air or oxygen under pressure and are connected to the patient by a tube inserted into the windpipe (trachea) either through the mouth or nose or through an opening in the neck (a tracheostomy).


A machine that can breathe for an infant having RDS until its lungs are producing enough surfactant and are able to function normally.


1. An apparatus for administering artificial respiration in cases of respiratory failure.
Synonym(s): ventilator.
2. 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.
Synonym(s): inhaler (1) .


an apparatus designed to control air that is breathed through it or to either intermittently or continuously assist or control pulmonary ventilation; called also respirator. Use of a mechanical ventilator is indicated as a supportive measure in patients suffering from respiratory paralysis and in those with ventilatory failure manifested by either alveolar hypoventilation or distributive hypoxia, or both. It is a major activity in human nursing but of almost no importance in animals except for anesthetic purposes. See bird ventilator, cambridge ventilator, flomasta ventilator, manley ventilator, minivent ventilator, north american Dräger.

Patient discussion about ventilator

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.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"

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