tracheostomy

noun
tra·​che·​os·​to·​my | \ˌtrā-kē-ˈä-stə-mē \
plural tracheostomies

Definition of tracheostomy 

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

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Unable to speak due to the tracheostomy, Greg began using a small dry-erase board to communicate. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Daughter Cherishes Handwritten Notes from Her Late Dad: ‘They Mean Everything to Me’," 13 June 2018 Both families had hoped to move their children to long-term care facilities in New Jersey but were unable to find a placement without a tracheostomy, a surgery that would create an air passage in the neck. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Declared brain dead almost 5 years ago, Calif. teen's life finally ends in N.J.," 29 June 2018 As his health declined, Greg underwent a tracheostomy and was given a feeding tube. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Daughter Cherishes Handwritten Notes from Her Late Dad: ‘They Mean Everything to Me’," 13 June 2018 But the 45-minute drive into the city was too taxing for James, who has a tracheostomy and uses a ventilator to breathe. Jocelyn Wiener, sacbee, "That early help you need for your child doesn't come soon enough," 29 May 2018 She was given a tracheostomy and a ventilator to support her lungs, and another tube to her stomach, delivering nutrients. Caroline Chen / Bloomberg, Time, "Doctors Cleared a Baby Girl to Go Home. She's Still in the Hospital 400 Days Later," 9 Jan. 2018 There’s no way to tell when or why a tracheostomy would have been performed. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Otto Warmbier Had Breathing Tube in N. Korea, Exam Shows," 27 Sep. 2017 One of the nurses on my floor came to work a few hours early one morning to go over how to change tracheostomy dressings with the patient’s wife, because neither patient nor spouse felt ready to go . Jason Han, Philly.com, "A new doctor sees himself in his patients' anxiety over going home," 18 Oct. 2017 Others may require those with more skills for tasks like lifting, tending to bed sores or tracheostomy care. Michael James Rocha, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Need to find a caregiver? Here are 5 tips to help you," 1 Oct. 2017

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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tracheostomy

noun
tra·​che·​os·​to·​my | \ˌtrā-kē-ˈäst-ə-mē \
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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