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[trey-kee-ot-uh-mee] /ˌtreɪ kiˈɒt ə mi/
noun, plural tracheotomies. Surgery.
the operation of cutting into the trachea.
Origin of tracheotomy
First recorded in 1720-30; tracheo- + -tomy
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tracheotomist, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mies
surgical incision into the trachea, usually performed when the upper air passage has been blocked
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Word Origin and History for tracheotomy

1726, Modern Latin, coined 1718 by German surgeon Lorenz Heister (1683-1758); see trachea + -tomy.

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tracheotomy in Medicine

tracheotomy tra·che·ot·o·my (trā'kē-ŏt'ə-mē)
Incision into the trachea through the neck.

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