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[spahy-rom-i-ter] /spaɪˈrɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument for determining the capacity of the lungs.
Origin of spirometer
First recorded in 1840-50; spiro-1 + -meter
Related forms
[spahy-ruh-me-trik] /ˌspaɪ rəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
spirometrical, adjective
spirometry, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spirometer
Historical Examples
  • Note: I would advise a spirometer for measuring the capacity of the lungs.

  • The spirometer, a useful but rather expensive little instrument, measures accurately lung capacity.

    The Boy's Voice J. Spencer Curwen
  • Hence, the spirometer directly measures the respiratory capacity, and only indirectly the pulmonary capacity.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • The spirometer only registered 200 cubic inches instead of 260, which, according to Hutchinson's table, was his mean.

  • It will be found by occasional trials upon the spirometer that the breathing capacity increases with these exercises.

  • Secure a spirometer and increase the lung capacity until it registers about two hundred and fifty cubic inches.

British Dictionary definitions for spirometer


an instrument for measuring the air capacity of the lungs Compare pneumatometer
Derived Forms
spirometric (ˌspaɪrəˈmɛtrɪk) adjective
spirometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for spirometer

1846, formed irregularly from Latin spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)) + -meter. Related: Spirometry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spirometer in Medicine

spirometer spi·rom·e·ter (spī-rŏm'ĭ-tər)
An instrument for measuring the volume of air entering and leaving the lungs.

spi'ro·met'ric (-rə-mět'rĭk) adj.
spi·rom'e·try n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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