Definitions

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.

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  • 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

Etymologies

From trachea + -ostomy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A tracheostomy is a surgical opening in the trachea (or “breathing tube”), which makes breathing easier.

    Giant Neck Masses (GNM), Cervical Teratoma

  • For this reason, a temporary tracheostomy is sometimes necessary to allow the baby to breathe normally until the trachea hardens.

    Giant Neck Masses (GNM), Cervical Teratoma

  • WASHINGTON mdash; A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using ...

    Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Deaths

  • WASHINGTON — A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Deaths

  • WOODRUFF: Sanjay, if I'm hearing you correctly, I'm hearing you using both the term tracheotomy and tracheostomy, which is it, or is it both?

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2005

  • WASHINGTON (AP) - A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    WTVM - 1- WTVM Home

  • A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    Examiner California Headlines

  • WASHINGTON -- A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    Channel3000.com - Local News

  • (AP) -- A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • WASHINGTON - A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them.

    Business - BostonHerald.com

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