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spirometer

[spahy-rom-i-ter] /spaɪˈrɒm ɪ tər/
noun
1.
an instrument for determining the capacity of the lungs.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; spiro-1 + -meter
Related forms
spirometric
[spahy-ruh-me-trik] /ˌspaɪ rəˈmɛ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
spirometrical, adjective
spirometry, noun
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Examples from the web for spirometer
  • The patient uses an incentive spirometer at regular intervals to improve breathing and loosen sputum.
  • He stands, takes a deep breath and blows into a spirometer.
  • The spirometer's calibration is checked by the technician each day of use.
  • Daily checks for leaks and volume accuracy of the spirometer are needed.
  • An incentive spirometer is often used as part of the breathing exercises.
  • Incentive spirometer is also used to prevent or help treat atelectasis after surgery.
British Dictionary definitions for spirometer

spirometer

/spaɪˈrɒmɪtə/
noun
1.
an instrument for measuring the air capacity of the lungs Compare pneumatometer
Derived Forms
spirometric (ˌspaɪrəˈmɛtrɪk) adjective
spirometry, noun
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Word Origin and History for spirometer
n.

1846, formed irregularly from Latin spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)) + -meter. Related: Spirometry.

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spirometer in Medicine

spirometer spi·rom·e·ter (spī-rŏm'ĭ-tər)
n.
An instrument for measuring the volume of air entering and leaving the lungs.


spi'ro·met'ric (-rə-mět'rĭk) adj.
spi·rom'e·try n.
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