Definition of intubate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈint(y)o͞oˌbāt/ /ˈɪnt(j)uˌbeɪt/

transitive verb

[with object]Medicine
  • Insert a tube into (a person or a body part, especially the trachea for ventilation)

    ‘it is possible to intubate patients undergoing oral surgery in the hospital’
    • ‘Because of severe dyspnea, he was intubated and given mechanical ventilatory support.’
    • ‘He was intubated and transferred to intensive care, where he was ventilated for 10 days.’
    • ‘In the event of failure to intubate the trachea or ventilate the patient's lungs with a bag and mask, insertion of a laryngeal mask airway should be attempted.’
    • ‘But the ethics of teaching a junior doctor how to intubate someone, using a patient who was newly deceased, were different.’
    • ‘The primary anesthesia care provider intubates the neonate using an appropriately sized oral RAE endotracheal tube.’


Late 19th century from in-‘into’ + Latin tuba ‘tube’+ -ate.



/ˈint(y)o͞oˌbāt/ /ˈɪnt(j)uˌbeɪt/