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noun, plural tra·che·ot·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. the operation of cutting into the trachea.
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Origin of tracheotomy

First recorded in 1720–30; tracheo- + -tomy
Related formstra·che·ot·o·mist, noun
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noun plural -mies
  1. 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


  1. Incision into the trachea through the neck.
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