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lung

Syllabification: lung
Pronunciation: /ləNG
 
/

Definition of lung in English:

noun

Each of the pair of organs situated within the rib cage, consisting of elastic sacs with branching passages into which air is drawn, so that oxygen can pass into the blood and carbon dioxide be removed. Lungs are characteristic of vertebrates other than fish, though similar structures are present in some other animal groups.
Example sentences
  • Less commonly, bowel cancer can spread to other, more distant organs such as the lung or brain.
  • This is a hospital test where a narrow tube with a light and lens on the end is passed down the trachea and into the lung.
  • After nasal epithelial cells, the lung is the second organ in contact with cadmium chloride.

Origin

Old English lungen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch long and German Lunge, from an Indo-European root shared by light2; compare with lights.

Derivatives

lunged

1
adjective
[in combination]: strong-lunged

lungful

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural lungfuls)
Example sentences
  • We've all copped a lungful of black exhaust belching out of a diesel truck.
  • The girl inhaled a lungful of the sweet scent given off by the blossoms in the cherry tree hanging above her.
  • He picked the short smoke back up, held it gingerly between his forefinger and thumb and sucked the last lungful, casually, as if an admission to murder were of no significance.

lungless

3
adjective
Example sentences
  • All plethodontids are also lungless (lunglessness and reduced lungs are independently derived in the few other salamander species showing this character).
  • This was how, he believed, lungs originally arose in a lungless world, and feathers in a featherless one.
  • A fetus's soul, then, is about as developed as its huge-headed, stub-fingered, lungless and minute body.

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