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Princeton's WordNet

  1. triagenoun

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


  1. triagenoun

    Assessment or sorting according to quality.

  2. triagenoun

    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. triagenoun

    The process of prioritizing bugs to be fixed.

  4. triageverb

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

  5. Etymology: From triage, from trier


  1. triage

    Triage is a process of prioritizing patients or cases based on the severity of their condition or urgency of the situation in order to allocate limited resources effectively for the best possible outcome. It is commonly used in medical settings during emergencies or mass casualty situations, but the concept can also be applied in other fields such as disaster response, project management, or customer support.


  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. 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

Examples of triage in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Carolyn Wang:

    What we're building is a triage tool that will live on ProjectBaseline.com, and we plan to pilot it in California next week, our aspiration is for the triage tool to be used much more broadly over time. Initially, we're linking it with several sites in the Bay Area to test and iterate, and collaborating closely with organizations like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp who are also working on additional approaches to making testing more accessible and expedient in other areas.

  5. 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.

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