from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical construction of an opening in the trachea for the insertion of a catheter or tube to facilitate breathing.
- n. The opening so made.
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- n. A surgical procedure in which an incision is made into the trachea, through the neck, and a tube inserted so as to make an artificial opening in order to assist breathing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a surgical operation that creates an opening into the trachea with a tube inserted to provide a passage for air; performed when the pharynx is obstructed by edema or cancer or other causes
From trachea + -ostomy (Wiktionary)