ventilator

[ ven-tl-ey-ter ]
/ ˈvɛn tlˌeɪ tər /

noun

a person or thing that ventilates.
a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
Medicine/Medical. a respirator.

Nearby words

  1. ventilate,
  2. ventilation,
  3. ventilation-perfusion scan,
  4. ventilationist,
  5. ventilative,
  6. ventnor city,
  7. ventolin,
  8. ventose,
  9. ventosity,
  10. ventouse

Origin of ventilator

First recorded in 1735–45; ventilate + -or2

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British Dictionary definitions for ventilator

ventilator

/ (ˈvɛntɪˌleɪtə) /

noun

an opening or device, such as a fan, used to ventilate a room, building, etc
med a machine that maintains a flow of air into and out of the lungs of a patient who is unable to breathe normally
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Word Origin and History for ventilator

ventilator

n.

1743, agent noun from ventilate. Latin ventilator meant "a winnower."

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