What does triage mean?

Definitions for triagetriˈɑʒ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. triage(noun)

    sorting and allocating aid on the basis of need for or likely benefit from medical treatment or food


  1. triage(Noun)

    Assessment or sorting according to quality.

  2. triage(Noun)

    The process of sorting patients so as to determine the order in which they will be treated (for example, by assigning precedence according to the urgency of illness or injury).

  3. triage(Noun)

    The process of prioritizing bugs to be fixed.

  4. triage(Verb)

    To assess or sort according to quality or some other aspect.

  5. Origin: From triage, from trier


  1. Triage

    Triage is the process of determining the priority of patients' treatments based on the severity of their condition. This rations patient treatment efficiently when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately. The term comes from the French verb trier, meaning to separate, sift or select. Triage may result in determining the order and priority of emergency treatment, the order and priority of emergency transport, or the transport destination for the patient. Triage may also be used for patients arriving at the emergency department, or telephoning medical advice systems, among others. This article deals with the concept of triage as it occurs in medical emergencies, including the prehospital setting, disasters, and emergency room treatment. The term Triage may have originated during the Napoleonic Wars from the work of Dominique Jean Larrey. The term was used further during World War I by French doctors treating the battlefield wounded at the aid stations behind the front. Those responsible for the removal of the wounded from a battlefield or their care afterwards would divide the victims into three categories: ⁕Those who are likely to live, regardless of what care they receive;

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Triage

    trī′āj, n. what is picked out, esp. broken coffee-beans.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Triage

    The sorting out and classification of patients or casualties to determine priority of need and proper place of treatment.

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  1. gaiter

  2. aigret


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of triage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of triage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jude Senkungu:

    The time-consuming triage process( checking patients for Ebola symptoms before admitting them to hospital) could prove fatal for those arriving with critical injuries.

  2. Greg Barton:

    On the triage priority list, he would be well down that list, i don't think it's a case of a failure or a mistake. I just think it's a case of the harsh reality of dealing with this kind of threat.

  3. Mike Moniz:

    Willie went straight to the clinic up there to do triage and first aid work, and I kind of went around and helped (carry) people, we all kind of came together as one team and really worked together and saved a lot of lives.

  4. Howard Ross:

    You're dealing with people who are frightened, they're reactive, if you're doing triage in the emergency room, for example, you don't have time to sit back and contemplate, 'Why am I thinking about this?' You have to instantaneously react.

  5. Steve Bucci:

    We don’t know that he was any more of a threat in 2013 and 2014 than anyone else shooting off their mouth, back then he was deemed insignificant enough to fall below the other threats with which the FBI was contending. They have to triage the work since they have limited assets. They clearly guessed wrong.

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