tracheal tugging

n.

A downward pull of the trachea symptomatic of aneurysm of the aortic arch.
A jerky type of inspiration seen when the intercostal muscles and the sternocostal parts of the diaphragm are paralyzed by deep general anesthesia or by muscle relaxants.

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