[ trey-kee-os-tuh-mee ]

noun,plural tra·che·os·to·mies.Surgery.
  1. the construction of an artificial opening through the neck into the trachea, usually for the relief of difficulty in breathing.

  2. the opening so constructed.

Origin of tracheostomy

First recorded in 1920–25; tracheo- + -stomy

Words Nearby tracheostomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for tracheostomy


/ (ˌtrækɪˈɒstəmɪ) /

nounplural -mies
  1. the surgical formation of a temporary or permanent opening into the trachea following tracheotomy

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Scientific definitions for tracheostomy


[ trā′kē-ŏstə-mē ]

  1. 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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