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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a heart/lung/skin etc condition
▪ I’m taking some medicine for a heart condition.
a skin/brain/lung etc disease
▪ The fumes have caused skin diseases among the villagers.
iron lung
lung/brain etc tissue
lung/breast/stomach etc cancer
▪ Smoking causes lung cancer.
weak heart/lungs etc
▪ My grandfather had a weak heart.
▪ Three infants in the random group developed chronic lung disease.
▪ This is extremely unusual for a child who has no chronic heart or lung disease.
▪ In the cases of chronic obstructive lung disease, if a young person gives up smoking, their lung function will improve.
▪ It's lead to chronic lung damage.
▪ Some patients did emerge from iron lungs and resume their normal lives, fully recovered.
▪ In my imagination and nightmares I have done time in an iron lung.
▪ The iron lung encased Virginia in a vacuum.
▪ Nearly anyone who had been in an iron lung could tell tales of being stranded without breathing help.
▪ She went quickly; by afternoon, she was in the iron lung and she died the next morning.
▪ Confinement in the iron lung was in many cases temporary, with gradual exposure to outside conditions.
▪ At times, up to seventy iron lungs packed patient rooms, a solarium, and the hallway.
▪ But in the summer of 1954, though the hospital had available dozens of iron lungs, few were occupied.
▪ Through my right lung, which was why I was breathing oddly.
▪ Jack took pellets in the right lung, liver, and back, and his left arm was again badly fractured.
▪ In which case the tumour would be in my right lung, not the left one.
▪ The doctor said a blood vessel in the right lung had burst.
▪ A post-mortem revealed she had one and a half litres of blood in her right lung, which had almost completely collapsed.
▪ The younger a person is when he or she starts smoking, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.
▪ Ivester, 50, had been considered heir apparent to replace Goizueta, who died Saturday from complications related to lung cancer.
▪ It accused Roy of using his very public fight to beat lung cancer as a way of furthering his career.
▪ Besides fighting ovarian and head and neck cancers, cisplatin is most effective against bladder, testicular and some lung cancers.
▪ At least 90% of lung cancers are due to smoking.
▪ Any lung cancer that has spread is considered incurable.
▪ One of lung cancer's success stories, he runs a support group for lung cancer patients and their families.
▪ And it tends to spread quickly; only 13 percent of lung cancer patients survive five years.
▪ We had been warned that the gas caused lung damage.
▪ Any creatures that breathe the surface air directly are subject to severe lung damage, lung edema, and death.
▪ It's lead to chronic lung damage.
▪ Three infants in the random group developed chronic lung disease.
▪ For similar reasons the presence of severe lung disease and chronic kidney disease is a contraindication to disulfiram administration.
▪ Ask if the patient has a history of lung disease.
▪ Several days before, her father had gone to Boston to consult a specialist in lung disease.
▪ Environmental groups say the current air standards are inadequate to protect the health of asthma sufferers and others with lung diseases.
▪ He reminded her of his father, who had suffered from a lung disease.
▪ These include the more firmly established association between the drugs and a potentially fatal lung disease, primary pulmonary hypertension.
▪ Barker etal reported that low birth weight was associated with lower adult lung function but not with symptoms of wheeze.
▪ Her face is deformed, she has no effective heart or lung function, and she probably has brain damage.
▪ Reduced lung function has been associated with low birth weight regardless of whether the child had respiratory complications at birth.
▪ Our results confirm the relation between birth weight and lung function measurements reported in other studies.
▪ Valid assessment of lung function was not available for 418 children.
▪ We evaluated children's lung function and respiratory symptoms in relation to both length of gestation and the birth weight adjusted for gestational age.
▪ She had no relapse during 18 months' follow up, and results of lung function tests were normal.
▪ For children with normal length of gestation there was a positive association between birth weight and lung function.
▪ He contracted a lung infection which did not respond to treatment.
▪ Loi promised to keep warm, and Joe started him on a course of antibiotics to try to clear the lung infection.
▪ Only in the last two weeks had the malaise set in, ever since his lung infection had taken hold.
▪ Meanwhile Davis continued to suffer with a string of health problems, including lung infections and a hip replacement.
▪ Garlic's reputation for curing colds and lung infections has also gained orthodox medical recognition.
▪ Normal lung tissue and that from patients with focal fibrosis expressed very little ET-1.
▪ So small volumes of lung tissue are exposed to high doses of alpha radiation.
▪ The stretching of the elastic explains the elasticity of lung tissue and that energy is required to stretch the tissue.
▪ No, she said, the damage had already been done and what was needed was a heart and lung transplant.
▪ Doctors believe that Jensen is only the second person with Down syndrome to receive a heart and lung transplant.
▪ A heart, liver or lung transplant can save the lives of those whose own organs have failed.
▪ Some can benefit from lung transplants, but patients often die waiting for organs.
▪ Kelly's only hope of survival was a heart and lung transplant.
▪ Pulmonary hypertension was diagnosed and the patient referred for consideration of a lung transplant.
▪ As his condition got worse, Richard's only chance of survival was a heart and lung transplant.
▪ For two years Kelly's been waiting for a heart and lung transplant, the only cure for her condition.
▪ Cover his mouth and nose with your mouth, and breathe gently into his lungs, making the chest rise.
▪ He savoured the weasel on his palate for seconds, and then breathed her into his lungs.
▪ Place your lips around the child's mouth and breathe into his lungs Place one of his hands under his leg.
▪ We had been warned that the gas caused lung damage.
▪ Secondhand or environmental tobacco smoke causes 3, 000 lung cancers a year, Pirkle said.
▪ It causes heart disease, lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.
▪ Contamination could cause lung problems, similar to bronchitis, and eye and skin problems.
▪ Other factors can cause lung cancer but they are much less important than smoking.
▪ Animal studies have shown that chronic long-term exposure to ozone causes lung scarring similar to that associated with cigarette smoking.
▪ A typical example is the tendency to blame yourself for instance, for smoking for many years before developing lung cancer.
▪ All of the mice in comparison groups that received an ineffective antibody developed lung tumors.
▪ If she carried on lying down all the time, she might develop congestion of the lungs, bronchitis, even pneumonia.
▪ Specialist medical evidence in the case showed that he had developed lung cancer as a result of active and passive smoking.
▪ There was a risk that he could develop mesothelioma or lung cancer.
▪ The first of our ancestors to develop lungs almost certainly lived in water.
▪ The human psyche is so pathetically insecure that we would rather die of lung cancer than confront an uncomfortable situation.
▪ She died of lung cancer, a result of a three-decade smoking addiction.
▪ What was the point of dying with your lungs gasping for breath?
▪ In the course of filling his lungs he felt as if he were rising a few inches off the ground.
▪ I stopped, breathed deeply, and smiled as sweet air filled my lungs.
▪ Her deep cough resonates through mucus-#filled lungs.
▪ Quickly, he stripped naked and filled his lungs and dove to the bottom where Kathy was.
▪ Take your deep, quiet, slow breath and feel your ribs expanding sideways as the air fills your lungs.
▪ Outside the embassy compounds, Saigon was still struggling to fill its lungs with air.
▪ The child stops, judders violently, fills his lungs with air, ready for more.
▪ He filled his lungs and dove.
▪ One of the knife blows had punctured a lung.
▪ A Hull inquest was told the glass punctured his lung.
▪ Approximately 90% of deaths from lung cancer and bronchitis are caused by smoking.
▪ For similar reasons the presence of severe lung disease and chronic kidney disease is a contraindication to disulfiram administration.
▪ I used to think that just from working here, in this building, I would get black lung.
▪ If the lung is expanding, the radiation bouncing off it is pushed closer together, slightly raising its frequency.
▪ One of the knife blows had punctured a lung.
▪ Significant numbers of larvae reach the lungs and migrate to the bronchioles where they are killed by the animal's immune response.
▪ The emptiness inside him was physical, as if his heart and liver and lungs had been removed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lung \Lung\ (l[u^]ng), n. [OE. lunge, AS. lunge, pl. lungen; akin to D. long, G. lunge, Icel. & Sw. lunga, Dan. lunge, all prob. from the root of E. light. [root]125. See Light not heavy.] (Anat.) An organ for a["e]rial respiration; -- commonly in the plural.

My lungs began to crow like chanticleer.

Note: In all air-breathing vertebrates the lungs are developed from the ventral wall of the esophagus as a pouch which divides into two sacs. In amphibians and many reptiles the lungs retain very nearly this primitive saclike character, but in the higher forms the connection with the esophagus becomes elongated into the windpipe and the inner walls of the sacs become more and more divided, until, in the mammals, the air spaces become minutely divided into tubes ending in small air cells, in the walls of which the blood circulates in a fine network of capillaries. In mammals the lungs are more or less divided into lobes, and each lung occupies a separate cavity in the thorax. See Respiration.

Lung fever (Med.), pneumoni

  1. Lung flower (Bot.), a species of gentian ( Gentian Pneumonanthe).

    Lung lichen (Bot.), tree lungwort. See under Lungwort.

    Lung sac (Zo["o]l.), one of the breathing organs of spiders and snails.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"human respiratory organ," c.1300, from Old English lungen (plural), from Proto-Germanic *lungw- (cognates: Old Norse lunge, Old Frisian lungen, Middle Dutch longhe, Dutch long, Old High German lungun, German lunge "lung"), literally "the light organ," from PIE *legwh- "not heavy, having little weight; easy, agile, nimble" (cognates: Russian lëgkij, Polish lekki "light;" Russian lëgkoje "lung," Greek elaphros "light" in weight; see also lever).\n

\nThe notion probably is from the fact that, when thrown into a pot of water, lungs of a slaughtered animal float, while the heart, liver, etc., do not. Compare also Portuguese leve "lung," from Latin levis "light;" Irish scaman "lungs," from scaman "light;" Welsh ysgyfaint "lungs," from ysgafn "light." See also lights, pulmonary. Lung cancer attested from 1882.


n. (context anatomy English) A biological organ that extracts oxygen from the air.


n. either of two saclike respiratory organs in the chest of vertebrates; serves to remove carbon dioxide and provide oxygen to the blood

Lung (Chinese medicine)

The Lung (肺,Fei) is one of the zang organs stipulated by Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a functionally defined entity and not equivalent to the anatomical organ of the same name.

Lung (Tibetan Buddhism)

Lung ( rlung) means wind or breath. It is a key concept in the Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and has a variety of meanings. Lung is a concept that's particularly important to understandings of the subtle body and the Three Vajras (body, speech and mind). Tibetan medicine practitioner Dr Tamdin Sither Bradley provides a summary:

The general description of rLung is that it is a subtle flow of energy and out of the five elements (air, fire, water, earth and space) it is most closely connected with air. However it is not simply the air which we breathe or the wind in our stomachs, it goes much deeper than that. rLung is like a horse and the mind is the rider, if there is something wrong with the horse the rider will not be able to ride properly. Its description is that it is rough, light, cool, thin, hard, movable. The general function of rLung is to help growth, movement of the body, exhalation and inhalation and to aid the function of mind, speech and body. rLung helps to separate in our stomachs what we eat into nutrients and waste products. However its most important function is to carry the movements of mind, speech and body. The nature of rLung is both hot and cold.

Lung (disambiguation)

Lung is an organ for breathing.

Lung(s) may also refer to:

  • Lung, Tibet, a village in Tibet
  • Lung, Nepal, a village in Nepal
  • Lung (Tibetan Buddhism), a concept in Tibetan Buddhism
  • Lung (Chinese medicine), a functionally defined organ (zang-fu) in traditional Chinese medicine
  • Radical 212 , the Chinese character for "dragon" transliterated as lung in some systems
    • Long (surname), also transliterated as "Lung"
  • Lungs (album), 2009 debut album by Florence and the Machine
  • Lungs (EP), 1982 EP by American post-hardcore band Big Black
  • Lungs, County Tyrone, a townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

The lungs are the primary organs of respiration in humans and many other animals including a few fish and some snails. In mammals and most other vertebrates, two lungs are located near the backbone on either side of the heart. Their function in the respiratory system is to extract oxygen from the atmosphere and transfer it into the bloodstream, and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere, in a process of gas exchange. Respiration is driven by different muscular systems in different species. Mammals, reptiles and birds use their musculoskeletal systems to support and foster breathing. In early tetrapods, air was driven into the lungs by the pharyngeal muscles via buccal pumping, a mechanism still seen in amphibians. In humans, the primary muscle that drives breathing is the diaphragm. The lungs also provide airflow that makes vocal sounds including human speech possible.

Humans have two lungs, a right lung and a left lung. They are situated within the thoracic cavity of the chest. The right lung is bigger than the left, which shares space in the chest with the heart. The lungs together weigh approximately , and the right is heavier. The lungs are part of the lower respiratory tract that begins at the trachea and branches into the bronchi and bronchioles and which receive air breathed in via the conducting zone. These divide until air reaches microscopic alveoli, where the process of gas exchange takes place. Together, the lungs contain approximately of airways and 300 to 500 million alveoli. The lungs are enclosed within a sac called the pleural sac which allows the inner and outer walls to slide over each other whilst breathing takes place, without much friction. This sac encloses each lung and also divides each lung into sections called lobes. The right lung has three lobes and the left has two. The lobes are further divided into bronchopulmonary segments and lobules. The lungs have a unique blood supply, receiving deoxygenated blood sent from the heart for the purposes of receiving oxygen (the pulmonary circulation) and a separate supply of oxygenated blood (the bronchial circulation).

The tissue of the lungs can be affected by a number of diseases, including pneumonia and lung cancer. Chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema can be related to smoking or exposure to harmful substances. Diseases such as bronchitis can also affect the respiratory tract.

In embryonic development, the lungs begin to develop as an outpouching of the foregut, a tube which goes on to form the upper part of the digestive system. When the lungs are formed the fetus is held in the fluid-filled amniotic sac and so they do not function to breathe. Blood is also diverted from the lungs through the ductus arteriosus. At birth however, air begins to pass through the lungs, and the diversionary duct closes, so that the lungs can begin to respire. The lungs only fully develop in early childhood.

Medical terms related to the lung often begin with pulmo-, from the Latin pulmonarius (of the lungs) as in pulmonology, or with pneumo- (from Greek πνεύμων "lung") as in pneumonia.

Usage examples of "lung".

The cigarette tastes good and it burns my throat and my lungs and though it is the lowest and weakest drug that I am addicted to, it is still a drug and it feels fucking good.

But what if he lost his lungs, became a servant of the small aerator for the rest of his days?

She chose breath over sight and grabbed the aerator, quenching her agonized lungs even as the high-tech optics were torn off her head, turning everything black.

Relief flooded through him when he saw the second assailant on the ground, Ager on top of him, blade sunk deep into his heart and lungs.

From the twenty-sixth of August to the second of September, that is from the battle of Borodino to the entry of the French into Moscow, during the whole of that agitating, memorable week, there had been the extraordinary autumn weather that always comes as a surprise, when the sun hangs low and gives more heat than in spring, when everything shines so brightly in the rare clear atmosphere that the eyes smart, when the lungs are strengthened and refreshed by inhaling the aromatic autumn air, when even the nights are warm, and when in those dark warm nights, golden stars startle and delight us continually by falling from the sky.

Behind them, the sage continued his chant, reciting slokas upon slokas, the mantras seeming to change the very texture of the air they breathed, infusing their lungs with raw, pure energy drawn down from the akasa to replace the foul atmosphere of the Bhayanak-van.

He next presented a photomicrograph that showed that there was no alveolar problem in the lungs.

I could see the lacy network of lung tissue formed into delicate alveolar sacs for exchange of gas between blood and air.

If our lungs find in the atmosphere the aliment they need, it is thanks to the inconceivably incoherent forests of arborescent fern.

After a while his organs had begun to degenerate, depleted calcium levels had reduced his bones to brittle porcelain sticks, muscles had atrophied, and fluid bloated his tissues, impairing his lungs, degrading his lymphatic system.

Inhaled sodium azide goes into the lungs and directly into the blood, where its molecules bond with oxygen molecules and render the oxygen unusable.

Eckley reports an instance of supernumerary lobe of the right lung in close connection with the vena azygos major.

It took Admiral Beagle twenty minutes to negotiate the mile to the resort, and when he came up the last hill, his case a heavy weight in his hand, his heart and lungs and legs all feeling strain, for the moment his attention was diverted from thoughts of redress and retribution.

Some of the men with wet beriberi would lose a little fluid from their limbs, and from their lungs.

Her herbroom was filled with the smells of cooking borage leaves for aches, teas of wild thyme to help clear lungs, pine oil to ease breathing.