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iron lung

a chamberlike respirator, formerly used in the treatment of poliomyelitis, 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.
Origin of iron lung
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
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  • The iron lung was back the next time he came to, and he was being tugged toward it.

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  • The man in doctor's robes shoved the iron lung aside violently and reached into his clothing.

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  • Once they had an iron lung around him and there was a thin wisp over his face.

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British Dictionary definitions for iron lung

iron lung

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
(Irish, informal) a gas container used in dispensing beer
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iron lung in Medicine

iron lung n.
See Drinker respirator.

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