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[trey-kee-ot-uh-mee] /ˌtreɪ kiˈɒt ə mi/
noun, plural tracheotomies. Surgery
the operation of cutting into the trachea.
Origin of tracheotomy
1720-30; tracheo- + -tomy
Related forms
tracheotomist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tracheotomy
  • Her breathing tube was replaced with a tracheotomy tube.
  • Doctors sedated him, performed a tracheotomy and put him on a ventilator.
  • Besides the snake attacks, which are relatively bloodless, it has an improvised tracheotomy.
  • The emergency tracheotomy is disgusting and first-rate.
British Dictionary definitions for tracheotomy


noun (pl) -mies
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

tracheotomy tra·che·ot·o·my (trā'kē-ŏt'ə-mē)
Incision into the trachea through the neck.

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