I. noun Etymology: Late Latin suction-, suctio, from Latin sugere to suck — more at suck Date: 1626 1. the act or process of sucking 2. a. the act or process of exerting a force upon a solid, liquid, or gaseous body by reason of reduced air pressure over part of its surface b. force so exerted 3. a device (as a pipe or fitting) used in a machine that operates by suction • suctional adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1954 to remove (as from a body cavity or passage) by suction

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  • suction — n. the use of reduced pressure to remove unwanted fluids or other material through a tube for disposal. Suction is often used to clear secretions from the airways of newly born infants to aid breathing. During surgery, suction tubes are used to… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • suction — suc|tion [ˈsʌkʃən] n [U] [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: suctio, from Latin sugere to suck ] 1.) the process of removing air or liquid from an enclosed space so that another substance is sucked in, or so that two surfaces stick together ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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