Definition of airway in English:


Syllabification: air·way
Pronunciation: /ˈeərˌwā


  • 1The passage by which air reaches a person’s lungs.
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    • Preliminary studies show these compounds improve the flow of mucus through the respiratory tract, allowing airways to clear more quickly and efficiently.
    • Infiltration of the large and small airways with eosinophils, neutrophils, plasma cells, and lymphocytes is common.
    • In patients with severe trauma, airway compromise is a cause of prehospital death that can be prevented and simple airway manoeuvres can clear the airway to provide vital oxygenation.
  • 1.1A tube for supplying air to a person’s lungs in an emergency.
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    • A high incidence of middle ear complications from hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been described in patients with artificial airways.
    • Gastric inflation is a dangerous complication of using laryngeal mask airways in advanced life support
    • The review uncovered a wide range of research relating to the practice of suctioning adults with an artificial airway.
  • 1.2A ventilating passage in a mine.
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    • After work stopped about 2pm Birrell and Nasmyth made their examination, and then appear to have travelled to the shaft by the return airway.
    • East section is separated from other sections of the Colliery by a fault across which there are only two roads, one the intake and haulage road, and the other the return airway.
    • In an intake airway of a coal mine a locomotive was pushing a single materials vehicle.
  • 2A recognized route followed by aircraft.
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    • Tip 6 Use a bright marking pen to lay out your course on the sectional chart, even if it's following an airway - they all look the same.
    • Keep your aircraft perpendicular to an airway when crossing it.
    • The Short Empire flying boats were extremely successful aircraft that helped extend the airways to all corners of the British empire.
  • 2.1 (Airways) In names of airlines: British Airways
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    • US Airways and American Airlines have put fares on sale for travel to and from New York.
    • The Airline Group consists of British Airways, British Midland, Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, Monarch Airlines, Britannia Airways and Airtours.
    • The airline has so-called code-sharing agreements with Delta Air, Alitalia, Garuda Indonesia, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.

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