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The Glossary contains terms commonly associated with ventilators, the community, and respiratory physiology. Click on a hyperlinked letter to view the entries that begin with that letter, then scroll down in the window to find the word you are looking for.

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MAP Mean Airway Pressure - The time-averaged pressure measured in the patient circuit during one or more assisted breath.
Maximum Flow The highest flow that can be produced in the patient circuit when the ventilator is functioning properly.
Maximum Working Pressure The highest pressure that can be produced in the patient circuit when the ventilator is functioning properly.
Medium Priority Alarm A combination of audible and visual signals indicating that prompt operator response is required (ASTM F1463-93).
Modem Contraction for modulator-demodulator; device that can combine (modulate) and/or separate (demodulate) a signal and a carrier wave. Used to send digital information over telephone lines.
Mole (or Mol) gram molecular weight - The mass of a substance divided by the molecular weight of the substance expressed in grams.
Monitor A device that continuously or intermittently measures a (set of) variable(s) and provides the values in analog and/or digital signals in visual, electrical, hardcopy or other forms. It also includes audible and/or visual alarms.
Musculoskeletal Disease Ex.: Kyphoscoliosis
MV Minute Volume - the volume of gas entering (or leaving) the lungs per minute (L/min).
 
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