[ res-puh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈrɛs pəˌreɪ tər /


a masklike device, usually of gauze, worn over the mouth, or nose and mouth, to prevent the inhalation of noxious substances or the like.
British. gas mask.
Medicine/Medical. an apparatus to produce artificial respiration.

Origin of respirator

1785–95; < Latin respīrāt(us) (see respiration) + -or2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for respirator


/ (ˈrɛspəˌreɪtə) /


an apparatus for providing long-term artificial respiration
Also called: gas mask a device worn over the mouth and nose to prevent inhalation of noxious fumes or to warm cold air before it is breathed
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Medicine definitions for respirator


[ rĕspə-rā′tər ]


A device that supplies oxygen or a mixture of oxygen and carbon dioxide for breathing, used especially in artificial respiration.inhalator ventilator
A screenlike device worn over the mouth or nose or both to protect the respiratory tract.
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