Definition of Tube, endotracheal

Tube, endotracheal: A flexible plastic tube that is put in the mouth and then inserted through the vocal cords down into the trachea (the airway). The doctor inserts the tube with the help of a laryngoscope. The procedure is called endotracheal intubation. The purpose is to ventilate the lungs.


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