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[ven-tl-ey-ter] /ˈvɛn tlˌeɪ tər/
a person or thing that ventilates.
a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
Medicine/Medical. a respirator.
Origin of ventilator
1735-45; ventilate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nevertheless, earlier this year he decided that he wanted to die, and demanded that his ventilator be turned off.
  • He was given a flood of antibiotics and put on a ventilator, but within six days he was dead.
  • He napped briefly with his feet clipped to the pedals and the ventilator over his face.
  • The surgeons opened a hole in her throat so she could breathe on a ventilator while she slept.
  • Doctors put a tube down his throat into his airway and connected him to a ventilator.
  • She told the court she fully understood the implications of being removed from the ventilator and wanted to die.
  • In some cases, a breathing tube may be placed in your throat and a ventilator will help you breathe.
  • In fact, for a larger fee, he will some day be able to go to your nursing home and unplug your ventilator.
  • Now, partly paralyzed, he breathes with the help of a ventilator.
  • If such a patient is put on a ventilator, the organs can be kept healthy and perfused with blood until they are needed.
British Dictionary definitions for ventilator


an opening or device, such as a fan, used to ventilate a room, building, etc
(med) a machine that maintains a flow of air into and out of the lungs of a patient who is unable to breathe normally
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Word Origin and History for ventilator

1743, agent noun from ventilate. Latin ventilator meant "a winnower."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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