Definition of mouth-to-mouth in English:



  • Denoting a method of artificial respiration in which a person breathes into an unconscious patient's lungs through their mouth.

    ‘mouth-to-mouth resuscitation’
    • ‘He managed to revive her using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, before paramedics took her to intensive care at Bath Royal United Hospital.’
    • ‘I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to no avail.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Fire Service said their officers provided mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage until paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘He and his brother Joseph both tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘He almost died twice and I brought him back by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.’
    • ‘During this time, PC Payne tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but the current was too strong.’
    • ‘Until medical personnel arrive, mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and chest compressions can buy valuable time by keeping blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and heart.’
    • ‘I tried anything to get her to wake, but she wouldn't open her eyes; the only way left was to do the mouth-to-mouth procedure.’
    • ‘He was treated on the pitch before being stretchered off and receiving further treatment, including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and extra oxygen.’
    • ‘Fire officer Ludo MacAulay said that mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR were administered on the spot and an ambulance reached the scene within five minutes.’
    • ‘However, if you're not trained in emergency procedures, doctors recommend skipping mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and proceeding directly to chest compression.’
    • ‘Grabbing a torch and high-visibility jacket he keeps for emergencies, he jumped out of the taxi and found a pulse but the man was not breathing so he instantly started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.’
    • ‘A fire service spokeswoman said an off-duty firefighter saw the girl on his way to work in Pickering and stopped to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘Patrick's past training as a police officer kicked in, and he prepared Renee to receive mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but she awoke before he even breathed into her once.’
    • ‘One of Raiter's friends quickly administered CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but to no avail.’
    • ‘In a recent meeting, medical directors of emergency medical services agreed that attempting to talk 911 callers through mouth-to-mouth procedures wasted valuable time.’
    • ‘At no time was she turned onto her front to discharge water from her lungs and I believe that she was not given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.’
    • ‘The marble was only discovered during a post-mortem, and a police officer who tried to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation found the boy's airways blocked.’
    • ‘Mr Ellis was not breathing and no pulse or heartbeat was detectable but mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and heart massage saved him.’
    • ‘Her husband was with her at the time and was among those who gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and a heart massage.’


mass noun
  • Mouth-to-mouth respiration.

    ‘Stacey needed mouth-to-mouth’
    • ‘Police officers performed mouth-to-mouth on the child before an ambulance took him to Pontefract General Infirmary where he later died.’
    • ‘I tried mouth-to-mouth on her but she did not respond.’
    • ‘Okay, I was on the brink of suffocating, and here they were fighting over who was going to give me mouth-to-mouth.’
    • ‘I also made sure William's father was doing mouth-to-mouth correctly.’
    • ‘He tried applying pressure to her chest and tried mouth-to-mouth again.’
    • ‘My sister gave him mouth-to-mouth until they arrived and rushed him to hospital but Carl died later.’
    • ‘An off-duty firefighter gave mouth-to-mouth to the casualty until the ambulance arrived.’
    • ‘I gave her mouth-to-mouth as my housemate Charlotte rang for an ambulance.’
    • ‘My dad was in a really bad way and we were trying to give him heart massage and mouth-to-mouth with the woman giving directions over the phone.’
    • ‘It's the stereotype of the helpless girl in the water who wakes up to find a lifeguard giving her mouth-to-mouth, like Prince Charming.’
    • ‘All of our staff are fully trained in First Aid and a teacher, Robert Marks, administered mouth-to-mouth.’
    • ‘It is appropriate to point out that, as of the year 2000, the American Health Association no longer requires rescuers to use mouth-to-mouth for heart attack victims.’
    • ‘It works quite well, and if someone needs mouth-to-mouth, then it does not matter what sex the person is, you should give it, and if you don't, you might kill the guy.’
    • ‘I am a trained first-aider and I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth, but it didn't work.’
    • ‘‘The doorman who gave her mouth-to-mouth received a commendation from the paramedics,’ he said.’
    • ‘‘I carried out some chest compressions while Phil gave him mouth-to-mouth with Sammy calling out the timing,’ said Mr Myers.’
    • ‘She opened his mouth and attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth on him.’
    • ‘I began massaging his chest, and give him mouth-to-mouth, Mr Dance then came to help and the little boy began spluttering.’
    • ‘For drowning victims in particular, there now seems to be a sound body of evidence that mouth-to-mouth may do more harm than good, and that the Heimlich maneuver should be used instead.’
    • ‘I jumped out and we pulled off the door of the car and I gave her mouth-to-mouth.’