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airway

Pronunciation: ār′wā

Definition:

  1. Any part of the respiratory tract through which air passes during breathing.
  2. In anesthesia or resuscitation, a device for correcting obstruction to breathing, especially an oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway, endotracheal airway, or tracheotomy tube.

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