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  1. iron lung(noun)

    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

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  1. iron lung(n.)

    A steel chamber, usually cylindrical, enclosing the entire body of a person except for the head, used to assist respiration for people suffering from disease, especially poliomyelitis. A reciprocating piston at the end causes alternating high and low pressure inside, which forces or assists the breathing of the patient within.

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  1. iron lung(Noun)

    A mechanical device for assisted breathing.


  1. Negative pressure ventilator

    A negative pressure ventilator, often referred to colloquially as an iron lung, is a form of medical ventilator that enables a person to breathe when normal muscle control has been lost or the work of breathing exceeds the person's ability. Examples of the device include both the Drinker respirator and the Both respirator. The negative form of pressure ventilation has been almost entirely superseded by positive pressure ventilation or biphasic cuirass ventilation.

Translations for iron lung

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  • eiserne LungeGerman
  • pulmón de acero, ventilador de presión negativaSpanish
  • rautakeuhko, tankkirespiraattoriFinnish
  • poumon d'acierFrench
  • 鉄の肺Japanese
  • żelazne płucoPolish
  • железное лёгкое, аппарат искусственной вентиляции лёгких, аппарат искусственного дыханияRussian
  • bagang pangyeroTagalog

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