tra·​che·​os·​to·​my | \ ˌtrā-kē-ˈä-stə-mē How to pronounce tracheostomy (audio) \
plural tracheostomies

Definition of tracheostomy

: the surgical formation of an opening into the trachea through the neck especially to allow the passage of air

Examples of tracheostomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family ended up moving from a rural town to the Fresno suburbs to have a better shot at finding nurses for her son, who has a rare genetic condition and has a feeding tube and a tracheostomy. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 Ivan had a tracheostomy, or trach, tube to assist with his breathing. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 The doctors have told her parents that her heart is working well and that the tracheostomy will not be permanent. Amanda Milkovits,, 24 Dec. 2021 More than 100,000 tracheostomy procedures are performed annually across the country. Kristen Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Nov. 2021 That’s something that resonates with Pantoja; Dylan had a tracheostomy. Talia Soglin,, 3 Aug. 2021 Boston Children’s Hospital saved Yarielis’s life and diagnosed her condition, performing open heart surgery and installing tracheostomy and gastrostomy tubes. Amanda Milkovits,, 24 Dec. 2021 Six years after a throat cancer diagnosis and the radiation and chemotherapy treatments that followed, along with a tracheostomy that permanently damaged his speaking voice, Val Kilmer has a new lease on life. Kara Warner,, 25 Aug. 2021 But after the tracheostomy, Ady would need 24-hour care to make sure his airways were open and the ventilator was working. Rachael Scarborough King, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tracheostomy

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tracheostomy was circa 1923

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“Tracheostomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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tra·​che·​os·​to·​my | \ ˌtrā-kē-ˈäst-ə-mē How to pronounce tracheostomy (audio) \
plural tracheostomies

Medical Definition of tracheostomy

: the surgical formation of an opening into the trachea through the neck especially to allow the passage of air also : the opening itself

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