from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To insert a tube into (a hollow organ or body passage).

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  • v. To insert a tube into.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To insert a tube into; specifically, perform intubation of the larynx.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. introduce a cannula or tube into


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c. 1884, Back-formation from intubation.


  • And they also would have moved the bed away from the wall, so that somebody could get back there to intubate the patient and/or bag him.

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  • They had IVs running in one arm and were about to intubate him when he grunted and pointed.

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  • When the doctors on ER decide to, say, intubate — long-time viewers know they intubate a lot — they've got to carefully weigh the risk of damage to the patient's throat or if loss of speech will result in the patient not revealing a serious drug allergy.

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  • But at the same time it has, you know, it has medical elements, which is always riveting to watch someone going into cardiac arrest and have some guy in MacGyver-like fashion, you know, grab a tube from the ceiling and intubate him and, like, fix him.

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  • Long story short, they had to put him to sleep and intubate and paralyze him so not to choke on tubes.

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  • CHOPRA: And Diprivan shouldn't be given unless you have facilities to intubate a patient and put him on a respirator.

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  • It should never be given unless you have recourse to a respirator and can intubate a person.

    CNN Transcript Jul 29, 2009

  • We learned that actually when he went to the hospital, it was listed as OD and they had to intubate his throat which means he was really having trouble breathing.

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  • And if you ` re using a drug that ` s this powerful, that ` s the only way I know to do it, or at least to be in a situation where you can quickly intubate, if necessary.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2009

  • I remove the mask and my preceptor is attempting to intubate but he sees nothing so we resume ventilations.

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  • See also asystole, not because it's related, but just for the hell of it.

    July 15, 2009