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intubate Syllabification: in·tu·bate
Pronunciation: /ˈint(y)o͞oˌbāt/

Definition of intubate in English:


[with object] Medicine
Insert a tube into (a person or a body part, especially the trachea for ventilation).
Example sentences
  • Because of severe dyspnea, he was intubated and given mechanical ventilatory support.
  • He was intubated and transferred to intensive care, where he was ventilated for 10 days.
  • In the event of failure to intubate the trachea or ventilate the patient's lungs with a bag and mask, insertion of a laryngeal mask airway should be attempted.


Pronunciation: /ˌintyo͞oˈbāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Although premedication is mandatory for endotracheal intubation in adults, most neonatal units do not sedate neonates before intubating them.
  • One of the main reasons for treating patients in an intensive care unit is that they need ventilatory support, usually by sedation and endotracheal intubation.
  • In a recent article, researchers urge paramedics to stop using intubation to resuscitate children.


Late 19th century: from in-2 'into' + Latin tuba 'tube' + -ate3.

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