spirometer

[ spahy-rom-i-ter ]
/ spaɪˈrɒm ɪ tər /

noun

an instrument for determining the capacity of the lungs.

Nearby words

  1. spirogram,
  2. spirograph,
  3. spirographic,
  4. spirogyra,
  5. spiroid,
  6. spirometric,
  7. spironolactone,
  8. spiroplasma,
  9. spirt,
  10. spirula

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

spirometer

/ (spaɪˈrɒmɪtə) /

noun

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

spirometer

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for spirometry

spirometer

[ spī-rŏmĭ-tər ]

n.

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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