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[air-wey] /ˈɛərˌweɪ/
an air route equipped with emergency landing fields, beacon lights, radio beams, etc.
a passageway by which air passes from the nose or mouth to the air sacs of the lungs.
Medicine/Medical. a tubelike device used to maintain adequate, unobstructed respiration, as during general anesthesia.
any passage in a mine used for purposes of ventilation; an air course.
  1. the band of frequencies, taken collectively, used by radio broadcasting stations:
    The news was sent out over the airways immediately.
  2. airwaves.
  3. airline (def 1c).
Origin of airway
1905-10; air1 + way Unabridged
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  • Eventually my head is twisted sideways in a small airway.
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  • But there is a terrifying downside: should you fail to create an airway in a paralyzed patient, he suffocates in four minutes.
  • Croup is an infection of the airway commonly caused by a virus.
  • He found that the peptide is produced on every other wet surface of the cow's body--the eyes, the lining of the gut, the airway.
  • Doctors put a tube down his throat into his airway and connected him to a ventilator.
  • No one had known that the fungus could cause such severe damage to a patient's airway and blood vessels.
  • From time to time, people can pick up these viruses, which infect their airway.
  • Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the airway.
  • If the swelling blocks the airway, emergency medical help is needed to maintain an open airway.
British Dictionary definitions for airway


an air route, esp one that is fully equipped with emergency landing fields, navigational aids, etc
a passage for ventilation, esp in a mine
a passage down which air travels from the nose or mouth to the lungs
(med) a tubelike device inserted via the throat to keep open the airway of an unconscious patient
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airway in Medicine

airway air·way (âr'wā')

  1. Any of the various parts of the respiratory tract through which air passes during breathing.

  2. A device used to gain an unobstructed route to convey air into and out of the lungs during general anesthesia or when the respiratory passage is blocked.

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