One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Insert a tube into (a person or a body part, especially the trachea for ventilation).
- ‘Because of severe dyspnea, he was intubated and given mechanical ventilatory support.’
- ‘But the ethics of teaching a junior doctor how to intubate someone, using a patient who was newly deceased, were different.’
- ‘The primary anesthesia care provider intubates the neonate using an appropriately sized oral RAE endotracheal tube.’
- ‘He was intubated and transferred to intensive care, where he was ventilated for 10 days.’
- ‘In the event of failure to intubate the trachea or ventilate the patient's lungs with a bag and mask, insertion of a laryngeal mask airway should be attempted.’
Late 19th century: from in- ‘into’ + Latin tuba ‘tube’ + -ate.
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