tra·​che·​ot·​o·​my | \ ˌtrā-kē-ˈä-tə-mē How to pronounce tracheotomy (audio) \
plural tracheotomies

Definition of tracheotomy

: the surgical operation of cutting into the trachea especially through the skin

Examples of tracheotomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Complications led to his right leg being amputated, and he was given a tracheotomy and feeding tube for nutrition. Bethany Heitman,, "Amanda Kloots Opens Up About Staying Positive Amid Husband Nick Cordero’s COVID-19 Battle," 22 May 2020 Many of the children had pre-existing illnesses that already required feeding tubes or tracheotomies. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Which kids get sickest from COVID-19? The 'medically complex,' study finds," 11 May 2020 Mine is a tracheotomy scar on my throat from the tube for the mechanical ventilator that saved my life. Aaron Olver, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I nearly died from H1N1. I can tell you this: Social distancing is the best potion we have to fight the coronavirus in Wisconsin.," 23 Apr. 2020 The nursing home settled another wrongful death case stemming from claims the nursing home failed to provide adequate staff and proper tracheotomy care for a resident in 2012. IndyStar, "16 falls. An amputated leg. An infected tailbone. Dire conditions in Indiana nursing homes.," 11 Mar. 2020 While an emergency tracheotomy eventually stabilized Rio, a doctor had to tell his parents, Holly and Patrick, what their baby's severe condition meant. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Vocal cord surgery gives toddler with a rare condition a voice," 26 Nov. 2019 The lead surgeon, Dr. Malcolm O. Perry II, asked Dr. McClelland to assist in an emergency tracheotomy, and Dr. McClelland inserted a retractor into the incision that Dr. Perry had made in Kennedy’s neck to help accommodate a breathing tube. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dr. Robert McClelland, Who Tried to Save President Kennedy, Dies at 89," 24 Sep. 2019 King, 4, had his tracheotomy tube removed last month. oregonlive, "Young woman killed in Southeast Portland aimed to be 'best mom she could’ to special-needs son," 3 Sep. 2019 His lungs have also collapsed during a seizure, requiring doctors to perform a tracheotomy. John Hilliard,, "Government to consider some immigrants’ applications to remain in US for medical care," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tracheotomy

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tracheotomy was circa 1726

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27 May 2020

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“Tracheotomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tracheotomy

medical : an emergency operation in which a cut is made in the trachea so that a person can breathe


tra·​che·​ot·​o·​my | \ ˌtrā-kē-ˈät-ə-mē How to pronounce tracheotomy (audio) \
plural tracheotomies

Medical Definition of tracheotomy

1 : the surgical operation of cutting into the trachea especially through the skin
2 : the opening created by a tracheotomy

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