from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually portable, lightweight, vestlike breathing apparatus that recycles oxygen from exhaled air, absorbs exhaled carbon dioxide, and has a small container providing fresh air, used by scuba divers and astronauts, as well as rescue workers in environments where the air is thought to be toxic.

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  • noun A breathing apparatus that recycles expelled air, removing carbon dioxide and allowing extended use of a supply.


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