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[wind-pahyp] /ˈwɪndˌpaɪp/
the trachea of an air-breathing vertebrate.
Origin of windpipe
1520-30; wind1 + pipe1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windpipe
  • The arched throat and the widely spaced cheekbones make room for a large, loosely slung windpipe.
  • Instead its long teeth would have pierced the animal's windpipe and carotid artery-killing it fairly quickly.
  • The vocal tract of the finch-and all other birds-consists of the beak and trachea, which is also known as a windpipe.
  • When heated, the hemoglobin releases its cargo, which then can be funneled into the swimmer's windpipe through a scuba mouthpiece.
  • Sometimes they will still be alive with holes in their windpipe instead of their jugular vein.
  • We had booked for two weeks, but five days into the holiday of a lifetime my windpipe began to close.
  • The neck position at the point of the cut can be determined by the fact that no blood flowed into her windpipe.
  • He could spare his windpipe and avoid a trap if he would say nothing.
  • A-Your thyroid is a small gland in the neck that fits around the esophagus and windpipe.
  • In principle, it's easy: all you need to do is slip a hollow plastic tube down the throat and into the windpipe, or trachea.
British Dictionary definitions for windpipe


a nontechnical name for trachea (sense 1) related adjective tracheal
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Word Origin and History for windpipe

"trachea," 1520s, from wind (n.1) in the "breath" sense + pipe (n.1).

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windpipe in Medicine

windpipe wind·pipe (wĭnd'pīp')
See trachea.

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windpipe in Science
See trachea.
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