[ in-too-beyt, -tyoo- ]
/ ˈɪn tʊˌbeɪt, -tyʊ- /

verb (used with object), in·tu·bat·ed, in·tu·bat·ing. Medicine/Medical.

to insert a tube into (the larynx or the like).
to treat by inserting a tube, as into the larynx.


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Origin of intubate

First recorded in 1605–15; in-2 + tubate


in·tu·ba·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for intubate

  • Ian was obviously free to intubate every young lady he saw, and Cait would never harbor the flimsiest dinghy of a grievance.

    Love in the Time of iPod|Taylor Antrim|April 14, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for intubate

/ (ˈɪntjʊˌbeɪt) /


(tr) med to insert a tube or cannula into (a hollow organ); cannulate

Derived forms of intubate

intubation, noun
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Medical definitions for intubate

[ ĭntōō-bāt′ ]


To insert a tube into a hollow organ or body passage.

Other words from intubate

in′tu•bation n.
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