Definition of ventilation in English:


Syllabification: ven·ti·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌventəˈlāSHən


  • 1The provision of fresh air to a room, building, etc..
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    • The school building had a mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation system.
    • Provide adequate ventilation with window fans when using adhesives, as some are toxic.
    • Provide adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60 %.
  • 1.1 Medicine The supply of air to the lungs, especially by artificial means.
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    • All patients 18 years old or older who were receiving mechanical ventilation in the medical ICU were eligible for participation.
    • Long-term intermittent noninvasive ventilation is effective in reversing ventilatory failure and improving respiratory muscle function.
    • Already she has stopped breathing on three separate occasions and has required artificial ventilation to stabilise her condition.
  • 2Public discussion or examination of an opinion, issue, complaint, etc..
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    • There has therefore been no significant public ventilation of the allegations now made against the doctor.
    • After years of lobbying, successive governments inched towards a public ventilation of the reasons why so many innocent people suffered.
    • So, no, there isn't really an effective remedy for the ventilation of these international law issues as they currently exist in Australia.


late Middle English (in the sense 'current of air'): from Old French, or from Latin ventilatio(n-), from the verb ventilare (see ventilate). sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

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