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respirator

[ res-puh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈrɛs pəˌreɪ tər /
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noun
a masklike device, usually of nonwoven fibrous materials, as fiberglass paper, wool felt, or polypropylene, worn over the mouth, or nose and mouth, to prevent the inhalation of noxious substances, pathogens, or the like: Respirators are essential protective equipment for healthcare providers during an outbreak.
Medicine/Medical. ventilator (def. 3).
British. gas mask.

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Origin of respirator

First recorded in 1835–40; from Latin respīrāt(us), past participle of respīrāre “to recover one's breath” + -or agent suffix; see origin at respire, -or2
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British Dictionary definitions for respirator

respirator
/ (ˈrɛspəˌreɪtə) /

noun
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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