Definition of iron lung in English:

iron lung

Line breaks: iron lung

noun

  • A rigid case fitted over a patient’s body, used for administering prolonged artificial respiration by means of mechanical pumps.
    More example sentences
    • The aircraft configuration accommodated specialized medical equipment such as an iron lung, orthopedic bed, artificial kidney machine, or infant incubator.
    • After a visit to America in 1930 he became interested in assisted respiration and he and the hospital engineer built the first iron lung in Britain in their spare time.
    • The damaged limbs were often kept immobilized because of the confinement of the iron lung.

More definitions of iron lung

Definition of iron lung in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea