iron lung


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. iron grey,
  2. iron guard,
  3. iron hand,
  4. iron horse,
  5. iron law of wages,
  6. iron maiden,
  7. iron man,
  8. iron meteorite,
  9. iron mold,
  10. iron out

Origin of iron lung

First recorded in 1930–35

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British Dictionary definitions for iron lung

iron lung

noun

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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Medicine definitions for iron lung

iron lung

n.

Drinker respirator

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