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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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  • My brother felt that it must be the windpipe, because when you kicked someone there he lost his breath.

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  • When deaf is squeezin' of me windpipe, I shall 'ave a laugh in it!

  • Further investigation developed the fact that the windpipe was the pit of the stomach.

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  • Overcoming a nervous contraction of the windpipe, I had managed to exclaim "Captain Falk!"

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  • The soreness in the throat may extend down the windpipe, and membranes may form there.

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  • The stem of the tree or bush becomes the windpipe (trachea).

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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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