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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 remove blood from the area of operation and to decompress the stomach (nasogastric suction) and the pleural space of air and blood (chest suction).

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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