|triage (ˈtriːˌɑːʒ, ˌtriːˈɑːʒ, ˈtraɪ-)|
|1.||(in a hospital) the principle or practice of sorting emergency patients into categories of priority for treatment|
|2.||the principle or practice of sorting casualties in battle or disaster into categories of priority for treatment|
|3.||the principle or practice of allocating limited resources, as of food or foreign aid, on a basis of expediency rather than according to moral principles or the needs of the recipients|
|[C18 (in the sense: sorting (goods) according to quality): from French; see |
triage tri·age (trē-äzh', trē'äzh')
A process for sorting injured people into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment. Triage is used on the battlefield, at disaster sites, and in hospital emergency rooms when limited medical resources must be allocated.