What does tracheostomy mean?

Definitions for tracheostomy
ˌtreɪ kiˈɒs tə mitra·cheosto·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tracheostomy, tracheotomynoun

    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


  1. tracheostomynoun

    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.

  2. Etymology: From trachea + -ostomy


  1. tracheostomy

    Tracheotomy (, UK also ), or tracheostomy, is a surgical airway management procedure which consists of making an incision (cut) on the anterior aspect (front) of the neck and opening a direct airway through an incision in the trachea (windpipe). The resulting stoma (hole) can serve independently as an airway or as a site for a tracheal tube or tracheostomy tube to be inserted; this tube allows a person to breathe without the use of the nose or mouth.


  1. tracheostomy

    A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating an opening (stoma) in the neck and into the trachea (windpipe) to establish an airway or to remove secretions from the lungs. This opening can serve as an alternative pathway for air delivery and removal, usually facilitated by a tube inserted into the opening. Tracheostomies are typically performed in situations where long-term mechanical ventilation is needed or when the airway is blocked due to a disease, injury, or infection.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Tracheostomy

    Surgical formation of an opening into the trachea through the neck, or the opening so created.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tracheostomy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tracheostomy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of tracheostomy in a Sentence

  1. David Zeltsman:

    A tracheostomy obviously is a very unnatural way to establish the patient’s airways. The complications go anywhere from related to mechanical properties of the tracheostomy itself— and that would be development of the granulation tissue (development of bumps) at the site of the tracheostomy—[or] it could be related to the bleeding. It could be related to ongoing infections.

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