Origin of spirometer

First recorded in 1840–50; spiro-1 + -meter
Related formsspi·ro·met·ric [spahy-ruh-me-trik] /ˌspaɪ rəˈmɛ trɪk/, spi·ro·met·ri·cal, adjectivespi·rom·e·try, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spirometry


  1. an instrument for measuring the air capacity of the lungsCompare pneumatometer
Derived Formsspirometric (ˌspaɪrəˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivespirometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for spirometry



1846, formed irregularly from Latin spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)) + -meter. Related: Spirometry.

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spirometry in Medicine


  1. An instrument for measuring the volume of air entering and leaving the lungs.
Related formsspi′ro•metric (-rə-mĕtrĭk) adj.spi•rome•try n.
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