[in-too-beyt, -tyoo-]
verb (used with object), in·tu·bat·ed, in·tu·bat·ing. Medicine/Medical.
  1. to insert a tube into (the larynx or the like).
  2. to treat by inserting a tube, as into the larynx.

Origin of intubate

First recorded in 1605–15; in-2 + tubate
Related formsin·tu·ba·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of intubate

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

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    Love in the Time of iPod

    Taylor Antrim

    April 14, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for intubate


  1. (tr) med to insert a tube or cannula into (a hollow organ); cannulate
Derived Formsintubation, noun
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Word Origin and History for intubate

1610s, "to form into tubes," from in- (2) "in" + Latin tuba "tube" (see tuba) + -ate (2). Medical sense is from 1889. Related: Intubated; intubation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

intubate in Medicine


  1. To insert a tube into a hollow organ or body passage.
Related formsin′tu•bation n.
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