- a person or thing that ventilates.
- a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
- Medicine/Medical. a respirator.
Origin of ventilator
Examples from the Web for ventilator
They want money, not to shut off the ventilator of a particular patient.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
“Sometimes you might withdraw a ventilator in cases of very severe and permanent neurological damage,” Joffe said.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
He lectured the witness that the location of two ventilator fans was very important “because it will show you are lying.”Pistorius’s Cross-Examination Could Have Been Grounds for a Mistrial in a U.S. Court
James D. Zirin
May 5, 2014
He is paralyzed, breathes through a ventilator, and communicates via a sophisticated computer.A Brief History of Hawking’s Boycott
May 8, 2013
Early signs indicate the windpipe is working, Hannah's doctors announced Tuesday, although she is still on a ventilator.The Power of Stem Cell Research Saves a Little Girl
May 1, 2013
As there was no window or other ventilator, and it was a warm day, I could not close the door.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
They came to her clearly through the ventilator above the fanlight.The Green Rust
“No; lower all down through the ventilator,” cried Mark, from where he had walked.The Black Bar
George Manville Fenn
"No more," repeated Hewitt, rattling his stick in the ventilator again.The Red Triangle
As they drew near he perceived that it was a large ship's ventilator.
- 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
Word Origin and History for ventilator
1743, agent noun from ventilate. Latin ventilator meant "a winnower."