- an air route equipped with emergency landing fields, beacon lights, radio beams, etc.
- a passageway by which air passes from the nose or mouth to the air sacs of the lungs.
- Medicine/Medical. a tubelike device used to maintain adequate, unobstructed respiration, as during general anesthesia.
- any passage in a mine used for purposes of ventilation; an air course.
Origin of airway
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Examples from the Web for airway
Snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, when your airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep.6 Sleep Myths to Finally Put to Bed
March 23, 2014
It was landing almost directly beneath the airway they followed.Riddle of the Storm
Roy J. Snell
We cant get out this way, said Tom; well have to go up through the airway.
Then, with a glance at the sleeping boy, Come ye up the airway a bit.
They went back into the airway, and were met by a similar impenetrable mass.
Here and there the airway was lofty enough to allow us to walk with bent heads and rounded shoulders.The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
- an air route, esp one that is fully equipped with emergency landing fields, navigational aids, etc
- a passage for ventilation, esp in a mine
- a passage down which air travels from the nose or mouth to the lungs
- med a tubelike device inserted via the throat to keep open the airway of an unconscious patient
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- Any of the various parts of the respiratory tract through which air passes during breathing.
- A device used to gain an unobstructed route to convey air into and out of the lungs during general anesthesia or when the respiratory passage is blocked.
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