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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i′ron lung′(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Medicine

Princeton's WordNet

  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

Wiktionary

  1. iron lung(Noun)

    A mechanical device for assisted breathing.

Freebase

  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 The negative form of pressure ventilation has been almost entirely superseded by positive pressure ventilation or biphasic cuirass ventilation.

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