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[in-too-beyt, -tyoo-] /ˈɪn tʊˌbeɪt, -tyʊ-/
verb (used with object), intubated, intubating. Medicine/Medical
to insert a tube into (the larynx or the like).
to treat by inserting a tube, as into the larynx.
Origin of intubate
1605-15; in-2 + tubate
Related forms
intubation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intubation
  • When done methodically and well, bagging can keep a patient alive for as long as it takes to prepare for intubation.
  • But intubation requires sedation, and many sedating drugs can have unpredictable effects on such an unstable patient.
  • In some cases, intubation or tracheostomy may be needed.
  • Emergency intubation of patients in intensive care is a high-risk endeavour.
  • intubation and mechanical ventilation, for patients in or approaching respiratory arrest.
British Dictionary definitions for intubation


(transitive) (med) to insert a tube or cannula into (a hollow organ); cannulate
Derived Forms
intubation, noun
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Word Origin and History for intubation



1610s, "to form into tubes," from in- (2) "in" + Latin tuba "tube" (see tuba) + -ate (2). Medical sense is from 1889. Related: Intubated; intubation.

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intubation in Medicine

intubate in·tu·bate (ĭn'tōō-bāt', -tyōō-)
v. in·tu·bat·ed, in·tu·bat·ing, in·tu·bates
To insert a tube into a hollow organ or body passage.

in'tu·ba'tion n.
in'tu·ba'tion·al adj.
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