Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Words in the News: intubate

At a press conference about the recent mass stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school, the doctor mentioned intubation and the word intubate [IN-too-bait]. It means to insert a tube into someone. (Don't try this at home.) A synonym is "cannulate" or "cannulise". A cannula [CAN-yoo-la] is a flexible tube.

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