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ventilator

[ven-tl-ey-ter]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that ventilates.
  2. a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
  3. Medicine/Medical. a respirator.
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Origin of ventilator

First recorded in 1735–45; ventilate + -or2
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ventilator

noun
  1. an opening or device, such as a fan, used to ventilate a room, building, etc
  2. med a machine that maintains a flow of air into and out of the lungs of a patient who is unable to breathe normally
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Word Origin and History for ventilator

n.

1743, agent noun from ventilate. Latin ventilator meant "a winnower."

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