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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: res'pi-ra'tor, -tor


  1. An apparatus for administering artificial respiration in cases of respiratory failure.
  2. An appliance fitting over the mouth and nose, used for the purpose of excluding dust, smoke, or other irritants, or of otherwise altering the air before it enters the respiratory passages.

Synonym(s): inhaler1

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