American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tubular endoscope that is inserted into the larynx through the mouth and used for observing the interior of the larynx.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance for examining the larynx and trachea. It consists of a plane mirror introduced into the mouth, and placed at such an angle that the light thrown on it from a concave reflector, in the center of which is an aperture, is made to illuminate the larynx, the image of which is reflected back through the aperture in the reflector to the eye of the observer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Surg.), Archaic An instrument, consisting of an arrangement of two mirrors, for reflecting light upon the larynx, and for examining its image.
- n. (Med.) A type of endoscope having a light source and lenses, permitting theviewing of a magnified image of the larynx. It may be flexible or rigid.
- n. a medical instrument for examining the larynx
“One important consequence of the invention of the laryngoscope was the turning of attention away from the sensations of vibration in the chest and head.”
“Just as three years earlier I had become a doctor only by painful repetition, by the snapping open of a laryngoscope or the gentle pressure of two fingers searching for a pulse, in the months I have before me I will become something else as well.”
“I can feel the heft of the laryngoscope in one hand, visualize the passage of my ET tube past the winking cords.”
“We are able to laugh like this now, because Alli had turned to Neil, stopping us on the final landing of the stairwell, and held out a laryngoscope, the blade closed and flat against the handle but still gleaming and somehow sinister in the yellow lights.”
“I flip open the laryngoscope to make sure the bulb is working and close the blade again, lifting the thin mattress just enough to slide the metal instrument underneath.”
“Then I press the blade of the laryngoscope against the pink taste buds, slipping the tube in place and nodding once.”
“We had all been trained for this scenario, in theory, with textbooks boasting glossy colored photos, in classrooms without air conditioning, each of us in turn taking hold of the various instruments—bag and mask, laryngoscope, and finally endotracheal tubes—that would be provided at the deliveries where resuscitation was called for.”
“When she does this, the child immediately screams and I pull the laryngoscope, no longer needed, from its hiding place and drop it into the pocket of my scrub shirt.”
“I would have run and burst through the door, and there would have been the warmer and oxygen supply and bulb suction, the bag mask and laryngoscope and ET tube, waiting for me.”
“The laryngoscope may also have small tool attachments that can be used to take a biopsy.”
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