- Anatomy, Zoology. the tube in humans and other air-breathing vertebrates extending from the larynx to the bronchi, serving as the principal passage for conveying air to and from the lungs; the windpipe.
- (in insects and other arthropods) one of the air-conveying tubes of the respiratory system.
- Botany. vessel(def 5).
Origin of trachea
Related Words for tracheaesophagus, larynx, gullet, maw, passage, gorge, pharynx, trachea, windpipe, thorax, fauces
Examples from the Web for trachea
Contemporary Examples of trachea
A plastic tube lodged in his trachea was the only thing keeping him alive.From G.I. to Eye Candy: War Vet Alex Minsky’s Model Turn
March 15, 2014
No one has heard the Bolivarian leader speak a word (due to a surgical tube in his trachea, officials parry).Is Hugo Chávez Really Back in Venezuela?
February 20, 2013
Historical Examples of trachea
Endotrachea: the inner surface or lining of the trachea: see intima.
Intima: the lining membrane of the trachea: see endotrachea.
Tracheation: the arrangement or system of distribution of trachea.
The stem of the tree or bush becomes the windpipe (trachea).A Handbook of Health
The forefinger must then be used to distinguish the rings of the trachea.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
Word Origin for trachea
c.1400, from Medieval Latin trachea (mid-13c.), as in trachea arteria, from Late Latin trachia (c.400), from Greek trakheia, in trakheia arteria "windpipe," literally "rough artery" (so called from the rings of cartilage that form the trachea), from fem. of trakhys "rough." See artery for connection with windpipe in Greek science.
- The airway that extends from the larynx into the thorax where it divides into the right and left bronchi. It is composed of thin incomplete rings of hyaline cartilage connected by a membrane called the annular ligament.windpipe
- The tube in vertebrate animals that leads from the larynx to the bronchial tubes and carries air to the lungs. In mammals the trachea is strengthened by rings of cartilage. Also called windpipe
- Any of the tiny tubes originating from the spiracles of many terrestrial arthropods and forming a branching network that brings air directly to body cells.