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

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Someone had already performed a tracheotomy -- an incision in the neck to open an airway -- and a tube was in his neck. Eric Levenson, CNN, "This Navy SEAL is charged with murder. But another medic just admitted to the killing.," 20 June 2019 That something was a tracheotomy tube inserted to allow air to move to his lungs while his airway was blocked. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Transplant was no easy road for Oceanside man who fought for new lung," 10 June 2019 The co-founder of the 1960s rock band Jefferson Airplane claimed in a lawsuit that a New York City hospital ruined his musical career with a botch tracheotomy after open-heart surgery in 2016. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin sues hospital, claiming he lost part of his tongue after botched surgery," 18 Aug. 2018 But there are too many examples of justices serving after their faculties began to fail; Chief Justice William Rehnquist, for instance, missed 44 oral arguments in 2004 and 2005, after undergoing a tracheotomy to fight thyroid cancer. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case for 18-year Supreme Court terms," 26 Dec. 2018 Doctors had to perform a tracheotomy to help the man breathe - a procedure that involves them making an incision into his windpipe to allow air to pass through. Andrea Downey, Fox News, "Man's throat began to rot after he mistakenly swallowed bleach tablet," 25 June 2018 Megan's grandmother was an extremely heavy smoker who underwent a tracheotomy in her final years — a defining characteristic that transcended its mortal form. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018 At a recent Kendrick Lamar concert, Isaiah's aunt carried his large backpack with spare tracheotomy tubes, a resuscitation bag and suction equipment in case of emergency. Kaila White, azcentral, "As teen rapper born without a jaw enjoys fame, mom worries about life after graduation," 18 May 2018 Sitting in a bedside chair at Vibra Hospital in Hillcrest, Martine Bellocq thumbs at the tracheotomy opening in her neck with reddish-white hands as visitors in protective gowns and gloves lock eyes and listen. Bryce Miller,, "Burned horse trainer Martine Bellocq finds love, hope among the ashes," 18 May 2018

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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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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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