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iron lung

noun
1.
a chamberlike respirator, formerly used in the treatment of poliomyelitis, that encloses the whole body except the head and in which alternate pulsations of high and low pressure induce normal breathing movements or force air into and out of the lungs.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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British Dictionary definitions for iron lung

iron lung

noun
1.
an airtight metal cylinder enclosing the entire body up to the neck and providing artificial respiration when the respiratory muscles are paralysed, as by poliomyelitis
2.
(Irish, informal) a gas container used in dispensing beer
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iron lung in Medicine

iron lung n.
See Drinker respirator.

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