iron lung


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iron lung

n.
An airtight metal tank that encloses all of the body except the head and forces the lungs to inhale and exhale through regulated changes in air pressure.

iron lung

n
1. (Medicine) an airtight metal cylinder enclosing the entire body up to the neck and providing artificial respiration when the respiratory muscles are paralysed, as by poliomyelitis
2. informal Irish a gas container used in dispensing beer

i′ron lung′


n.
a rigid respirator that encloses the whole body except the head and in which alternate pulsations of high and low pressure induce normal breathing movements or force air into and out of the lungs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.iron lung - respirator that produces alternations in air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest to force air into and out of the lungs thus providing artificial respirationiron lung - respirator that produces alternations in air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest to force air into and out of the lungs thus providing artificial respiration
inhalator, respirator - a breathing device for administering long-term artificial respiration
Translations

iron lung

n (Med) → polmone m d'acciaio

iron lung

n. pulmón de hierro, máquina que se usa para producir respiración artificial.
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Dr Ibsen knew that the so-called iron lung - the last machine that could save Vivi - was already in use.
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He lived within an iron lung, paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own.
Prototypes of the new version of the iron lung were produced in 1953 after the people of Coventry donated PS800 -the equivalent of nearly PS16,000 in today's money - during a collection at the Queen's Coronation parade.
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Well, half-century old 'iron lung' serves this purpose. An iron lung is a non-invasive negative-pressure ventilator used to artificially maintain respiration during an acute polio infection.
2 THE SESSIONS Tomorrow, Channel 4, 12am POET and journalist Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) is paralysed from the neck down and requires an iron lung to breathe.
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The 1940s and '50s brought a number of medical firsts to our region, including the first pediatrics unit, incubator, cardioscope and iron lung to treat polio.
In 1928 the first iron lung was developed to help children whose lung muscles needed assistance to breathe because of polio.
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