tracheostomy

noun
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 Oni Brown, Aveanna's deputy general counsel, said Huff has 13 years of experience and extensive training that included gastronomy tube care, suctioning, tracheostomy and ventilator care. oregonlive, "Death and deals: Sick children suffer, private equity profits," 26 Oct. 2019 Every inhalation was accompanied by a gurgling noise, perhaps caused by mucus in his tracheostomy tube. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "“It’s Very Unethical”: Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates," 3 Oct. 2019 Shortly after the 2018 reprieve, Bucklew contracted meningitis, requiring insertion of the tracheostomy tube, said one of his attorneys, Jeremy Weis. NBC News, "Missouri executes killer with rare medical condition that some feared would make death painful," 2 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of tracheostomy

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Tracheostomy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tracheostomy. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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tracheostomy

noun
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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