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Pronunciation: /tuːb; tjuːb/

Translation of tube in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (pipe) tubo (masculine) to go down the tube(s) [colloquial/familiar] venirse* abajo, irse* al traste [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • A straw itself will not hold up well to this experiment, so see if you can get a tube of glass or plastic.
    • The idea is to use the plasma coating to line catheters - plastic tubes surgically inserted into the body so patients can rid themselves of waste products from the blood through a dialysis machine.
    • Catheters - small plastic tubes - are inserted into veins in the arm or leg to access the heart for procedures such as angioplasties and stent placements.
    1.2 (container) tubo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • There is a new tube of toothpaste ready and waiting.
    • He remembers collecting toothpaste tubes, newspapers, pots and pans.
    • In their other hands were new toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste and container of dental floss they received from their dentists.
    (inner tube)
    cámara (feminine)
  • 2 [Anatomy/Anatomía] she's had her tubes tied [colloquial/familiar] le han hecho un ligado or una ligadura de trompas
    Example sentences
    • The bladder and rectum originate from a single hollow tube, the endodermal cloaca.
    • The trachea is unbranched, and is formed by the division of the foregut by a longitudinal septum into two tubes - the trachea and the esophagus.
    • The endothelial tube everywhere remains intact and continuous.
    Example sentences
    • For example, it is unclear how these superficial peritoneal lesions would give rise to infertility, especially if they were distant from the fimbria of the tubes or ovaries.
    • Mucus hostility means that the secretion from the neck of the womb is abnormal, and kills the sperm so that they cannot travel through the uterus to the tubes.
    • She will have an ultrasound scan of the womb, tubes and ovaries.
  • 3 3.1 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [Electronics/Electrónica] tubo (masculine) 3.2picture o television tube tubo (masculine) de imagen
    Example sentences
    • Early diodes in electronics were made from metal plates sealed inside evacuated glass tubes, which could be seen glowing in the innards of old radio sets.
    • Such lamps have two electrodes in a ceramic tube that contains small amounts of mercury and metal-halide salts.
    • Fluorescent lamps generate light by passing electricity through a tube filled with inert gas and a small amount of mercury.
    Example sentences
    • Simply connect the inverter to an available molex connector, and then connect both cold cathode tubes to the inverter on the opposing side.
    • Look out for early signs of in-car computing, and the erosion of cathode-ray tubes by cheaper liquid-crystal displays.
    • Cathode ray tubes will shrink slightly over that period, from 171 million units to 145 million.
    Example sentences
    • The conduction of electricity in thin gases in vacuum tubes was the key to the discovery of the electron in 1897.
    • A vacuum tube (also called an electron tube or, in the UK, a valve) is a device sometimes used to amplify electronic signals.
    • This work contains the principles of operation of The Thermionic Vacuum Tube, and coordinates the phenomena encountered in a study of this field.
  • 4 (television) (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] the tube la tele [colloquial/familiar]
  • 5 (London underground railway) (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] the tube el metro, el subte (Argentina) let's go by tube vamos en metro or (Argentina) en subte

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