Definition of trachea
tracheaeplay \-kē-ˌē, -kē-ˌī\ also
1 : the main trunk of the system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs in vertebrates
2 [New Latin, from Medieval Latin] : vessel 3b; also : one of its constituent cellular elements
3 [New Latin] : one of the air-conveying tubules forming the respiratory system of most insects and many other arthropods
trachealplay \-kē-əl\ adjective
Recent Examples of trachea from the Web
Hundreds of choking deaths occur in the US every year due to food obstructions in the trachea.
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Origin and Etymology of trachea
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin trachia, from Greek tracheia (artēria) rough (artery), from feminine of trachys rough
First Known Use: 14th century
TRACHEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trachea for English Language Learners
medical : a long tube in your neck and chest that carries air into and out of your lungs
TRACHEA Defined for Kids
Definition of trachea for Students
1 : a stiff-walled tube of the respiratory system that connects the pharynx with the lungs
2 : a breathing tube of an insect that connects with the outside of the body and carries oxygen directly to the cells
Medical Definition of trachea
: the main trunk of the system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs that is about four inches (10 centimeters) long and somewhat less than an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter, extends down the front of the neck from the larynx, divides in two to form the bronchi, has walls of fibrous and muscular tissue stiffened by incomplete cartilaginous rings which keep it from collapsing, and is lined with mucous membrane whose epithelium is composed of columnar ciliated mucus-secreting cells—called also windpipe
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