Oxygen tent

A tent-like device used to deliver high levels of oxygen to a patient in a bed. The tent typically covers the whole bed of an infant and the head and upper body of an older child or adult. The oxygen is pumped in from a tank. Oxygen is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that makes up about 20 percent of the air we breathe (and at least half the weight of the entire solid crust of the earth) and which combines with most of the other elements to form oxides. Oxygen is essential to human, animal and plant life. The chemical symbol for the element oxygen is O. As a medicinal gas, oxygen contains not less than 99.0% by volume of O2. Oxygen was discovered in 1774 by the British scientist Joseph Priestly but he did not name it "oxygen." He called it dephlogisticated air. (Priestly discovered three other chemical compounds, one of which, nitrous oxide - "laughing gas" - is still used today as a mild anesthetic agent, as during dental procedures.) The word "oxygen" came from the French "oxygene." It was so named by the French scientist Antoine Lavoisier (1743-94) who thought it was a necessary ingredient in all acids. This is not so. Hydrochloric acid (HCl), for example, contains no oxygen.

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oxygen tent n a canopy which can be placed over a bedridden person and within which a flow of oxygen can be maintained

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a tent erected over a bed into which a constant flow of oxygen can be maintained.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • oxygen tent — n a piece of equipment shaped like a tent that is put around people who are very ill in hospital, to provide them with oxygen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oxygen tent — n. a transparent enclosure into which oxygen is released, fitted around a bed patient to improve the efficiency of oxygen intake per breath …   English World dictionary

  • oxygen tent — oxygen ,tent noun count a large container filled with oxygen that doctors put around a person who cannot breathe normally …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oxygen tent — noun : a canopy of usually transparent material which is placed over a bedfast patient and within which a flow of oxygen can be maintained * * * noun, pl ⋯ tents [count] : a piece of medical equipment that surrounds the body or head of a patient… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oxygen tent — An oxygen tent consists of a canopy placed over the head and shoulders or over the entire body of a patient to provide oxygen at a higher level than normal. Oxygen tents are also used by athletes see altitude tents. See also Oxygen therapy Oxygen …   Wikipedia

  • oxygen tent — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms oxygen tent : singular oxygen tent plural oxygen tents a large container filled with oxygen that doctors put around a person who cannot breathe normally …   English dictionary

  • oxygen tent — /ˈɒksədʒən tɛnt/ (say oksuhjuhn tent) noun a small tent for delivering oxygen to a sick person at critical periods …   Australian English dictionary

  • oxygen tent — noun a tent like enclosure within which the air supply can be enriched with oxygen to aid a patient s breathing …   English new terms dictionary

  • oxygen tent — noun (C) a piece of equipment shaped like a tent that is put around people who are very ill in hospital, to provide them with oxygen …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • oxygen tent — ox′ygen tent n. med a small transparent canopy placed over a patient for delivering an increased concentration of oxygen • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

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