lung

[ luhng ]
/ lʌŋ /

noun

either of the two saclike respiratory organs in the thorax of humans and the higher vertebrates.
an analogous organ in certain invertebrates, as arachnids or terrestrial gastropods.

Idioms

    at the top of one's lungs, as loudly as possible; with full voice: The baby cried at the top of his lungs.

Origin of lung

before 1000; Middle English lungen, Old English; cognate with German Lunge; akin to light2, lights

Related forms

lunged [luhngd] /lʌŋd/, adjectivehalf-lunged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lungs

lung

/ (lʌŋ) /

noun

either one of a pair of spongy saclike respiratory organs within the thorax of higher vertebrates, which oxygenate the blood and remove its carbon dioxide
any similar or analogous organ in other vertebrates or in invertebrates
at the top of one's lungs in one's loudest voice; yelling

Related forms

Related adjectives: pneumonic, pulmonary, pulmonic

Word Origin for lung

Old English lungen; related to Old High German lungun lung. Compare lights ²
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Medicine definitions for lungs

lung

[ lŭng ]

n.

Either of the two saclike organs of respiration that occupy the pulmonary cavity of the thorax and in which aeration of the blood takes place. It is common for the right lung, which is divided into three lobes, to be slightly larger than the left, which has two lobes.
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Science definitions for lungs

lung

[ lŭng ]

Either of two spongy organs in the chest of air-breathing vertebrate animals that serve as the organs of gas exchange. Blood flowing through the lungs picks up oxygen from inhaled air and releases carbon dioxide, which is exhaled. Air enters and leaves the lungs through the bronchial tubes.
A similar organ found in some invertebrates.
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Culture definitions for lungs

lungs


A pair of organs, the principal parts of the respiratory system, at the front of the cavity of the chest, or thorax. In the lungs, oxygen from the air that is inhaled is transferred into the blood, while carbon dioxide is removed from the blood and exhaled.

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Idioms and Phrases with lungs

lung


see at the top of one's lungs.

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