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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lungsnoun

    The lights; the part by which breath is inspired and expired.

    Etymology: lungen , Saxon; long, Dutch.

    More would I, but my lungs are wasted so,
    That strength of speech is utterly denied me. William Shakespeare.

    The bellows of his lungs begin to swell,
    Nor can the good receive, nor bad expel. Dryden.

    Had I a hundred mouths, a hundred tongues,
    And throats of brass inspir’d with iron lungs;
    I could not half those horrid crimes repeat,
    Nor half the punishments those crimes have met. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. lungs

    The lungs are the primary organs of the respiratory system in humans and most other animals, including some snails and a small number of fish. In mammals and most other vertebrates, two lungs are located near the backbone on either side of the heart. Their function in the respiratory system is to extract oxygen from the air and transfer it into the bloodstream, and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere, in a process of gas exchange. Respiration is driven by different muscular systems in different species. Mammals, reptiles and birds use their different muscles to support and foster breathing. In earlier tetrapods, air was driven into the lungs by the pharyngeal muscles via buccal pumping, a mechanism still seen in amphibians. In humans, the main muscle of respiration that drives breathing is the diaphragm. The lungs also provide airflow that makes vocal sounds including human speech possible. Humans have two lungs, one on the left and one on the right. They are situated within the thoracic cavity of the chest. The right lung is bigger and heavier than the left, which shares space in the chest with the heart. The lungs together weigh approximately 1.3 kilograms (2.9 pounds). The lungs are part of the lower respiratory tract that begins at the trachea and branches into the bronchi and bronchioles, and which receive air breathed in via the conducting zone. The conducting zone ends at the terminal bronchioles. These divide into the respiratory bronchioles of the respiratory zone which divide into alveolar ducts that give rise to the alveolar sacs that contain the alveoli, where gas exchange takes place. Alveoli are also sparsely present on the walls of the respiratory bronchioles and alveolar ducts. Together, the lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometres (1,500 miles) of airways and 300 to 500 million alveoli. Each lung is enclosed within a pleural sac of two membranes called pleurae; the membranes are separated by a film of pleural fluid, which allows the inner and outer membranes to slide over each other whilst breathing takes place, without much friction. The inner pleura also divides each lung into sections called lobes. The right lung has three lobes and the left has two. The lobes are further divided into bronchopulmonary segments and pulmonary lobules. The lungs have a unique blood supply, receiving deoxygenated blood from the heart in the pulmonary circulation for the purposes of receiving oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, and a separate supply of oxygenated blood to the tissue of the lungs, in the bronchial circulation. The tissue of the lungs can be affected by a number of respiratory diseases, including pneumonia and lung cancer. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and can be related to smoking or exposure to harmful substances. A number of occupational lung diseases can be caused by substances such as coal dust, asbestos fibres, and crystalline silica dust. Diseases such as bronchitis can also affect the respiratory tract. Medical terms related to the lung often begin with pulmo-, from the Latin pulmonarius (of the lungs) as in pulmonology, or with pneumo- (from Greek πνεύμων "lung") as in pneumonia. In embryonic development, the lungs begin to develop as an outpouching of the foregut, a tube which goes on to form the upper part of the digestive system. When the lungs are formed the fetus is held in the fluid-filled amniotic sac and so they do not function to breathe. Blood is also diverted from the lungs through the ductus arteriosus. At birth, however, air begins to pass through the lungs, and the diversionary duct closes, so that the lungs can begin to respire. The lungs only fully develop in early childhood.

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  1. Lungs

    Lungs is the first EP by American post-hardcore band Big Black. It was released in December 1982 on Ruthless Records, and was reissued in 1992 on Touch and Go Records. A 19-year-old Steve Albini played nearly every instrument on Lungs, with "sax bleats" by Albini's college friend John Bohnen and drums being handled by "Roland," a drum machine that was credited as a member of the band. The EP was used to recruit the other members of Big Black. Lungs was recorded on a TEAC 3340 loaned to Albini in exchange for a case of beer. Albini has since described the record as the worst he has ever made. The original EP came with an array of objects, including loaded squirt guns, bloody pieces of paper, dollar bills, condoms, concert tickets, Bruce Lee trading cards, pictures of old people and firecrackers. Things like fishhooks and razorblades were discounted, fearing lawsuits.

Editors Contribution

  1. lungs

    Plural form of the word lung.

    The lungs vary in shape, size and function in an animal, human or mammal depending on which type.


    Submitted by MaryC on December 3, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lungs in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lungs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of lungs in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters, you don't even know which side the protesters were on, but to allow someone to stand up and scream from the top of their lungs and nobody does anything about it is frankly — I think it's an embarrassment.

  2. Astha Sharma:

    [ARDS], it’s an infection that can affect both children and adults, and it is an overwhelming infection of the lungs where the lungs fill with fluid, the lungs become inflamed, and the inflammation does not allow the lungs to deliver oxygen to the body.

  3. Shahid Jameel:

    If the COVID virus can be controlled in the nose and throat, before it reaches the lungs, it doesn’t become as serious. Innate immunity works at this level, by trying to reduce the viral infection and stop it from getting to the lungs.

  4. Seth Noar:

    Smokers know that cigarettes are bad for them, but they likely tune out vague warnings that they have seen for years, such as `smoking causes cancer,’ seeing images of diseased lungs and people suffering from the negative health impacts of smoking appear to affect smokers in ways that simple text-only messages cannot achieve.

  5. Lindsay Tarasco:

    That combination of chemicals can release a gas cloud that can cause what’s called secondary drowning. The lungs start swelling up with its own fluid, the fluid blocks the airwaves and you drown in your own fluids. i smelled something, so I took a deep breath in. Bad mistake.

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