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[trey-kee-os-tuh-mee] /ˌtreɪ kiˈɒs tə mi/
noun, plural tracheostomies. Surgery.
the construction of an artificial opening through the neck into the trachea, usually for the relief of difficulty in breathing.
the opening so constructed.
Origin of tracheostomy
First recorded in 1920-25; tracheo- + -stomy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tracheostomy


noun (pl) -mies
the surgical formation of a temporary or permanent opening into the trachea following tracheotomy
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Word Origin and History for tracheostomy

1726, from comb. form of trachea + -ostomy "artificial opening," from Modern Latin stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "mouth" (see stoma).

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tracheostomy in Medicine

tracheostomy tra·che·os·to·my (trā'kē-ŏs'tə-mē)

  1. Surgical construction of a respiratory opening in the trachea.

  2. The opening so made.

  3. A tracheotomy performed in order to insert a catheter or tube into the trachea, especially to facilitate breathing.

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tracheostomy in Science
Surgical construction of an opening in the trachea, usually by making an incision in the front of the neck, for the insertion of a catheter or tube to facilitate breathing.
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