tracheostomy
noun (plural -mies) Date: circa 1923 the surgical formation of an opening into the trachea through the neck especially to allow the passage of air

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  • tracheostomy — (n.) 1726, from comb. form of TRACHEA (Cf. trachea) + ostomy artificial opening, from Mod.L. stoma opening, orifice, from Gk. stoma mouth (see STOMA (Cf. stoma)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tracheostomy — A surgical operation to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe (the trachea). The opening itself can also be called a tracheostomy. A tracheostomy may be needed on an emergency basis to permit a person to breathe who has severe narrowing or… …   Medical dictionary

  • tracheostomy — tracheotomy; n. a surgical operation in which a hole is made into the trachea through the neck to relieve obstruction to breathing, as in diphtheria. A curved metal, plastic, or rubber tube is usually inserted through the hole and held in… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • tracheostomy — Surgery to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe. The opening itself may also be called a tracheostomy …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • tracheostomy — /tray kee os teuh mee/, n., pl. tracheostomies. Surg. 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. [1920 25; TRACHEO + STOMY] * * …   Universalium

  • tracheostomy — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

  • tracheostomy — n. creation of an opening in the trachea (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tracheostomy — tra·che·os·to·my …   English syllables

  • tracheostomy — tra•che•os•to•my [[t]ˌtreɪ kiˈɒs tə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies 1) srg the construction of an artificial opening through the neck into the trachea, usu. for the relief of difficulty in breathing 2) srg the opening so constructed • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • tracheostomy — /trækiˈɒstəmi/ (say trakee ostuhmee) noun (plural tracheostomies) an opening into the trachea, in some cases permanent, made surgically …   Australian English dictionary

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