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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Recent Examples on the Web Sonantic has also worked with Val Kilmer, who was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent a tracheotomy in 2014, to develop an AI voice model based on past audio recordings of Kilmer’s voice. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 Cruise, 59, has remained one of the world's last movie superstars, while the once famously mercurial leading man Kilmer, 62, battled throat cancer in the 2010s that required a tracheotomy which still greatly impacts his speaking voice. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Batman Forever, The Doors and Heat — suffered irreparable damage to his voice after being diagnosed with throat cancer and undergoing a tracheotomy in 2014. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 27 May 2022 Schwartz said that doctors eventually switched Tinslee from being ventilated through her mouth to having a tracheotomy. Jamie Stengle, Chron, 13 Apr. 2022 Doctors are preparing to remove his tracheotomy, and Sloan is now able to move all of his body parts. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 31 Mar. 2022 He was paralyzed and sedated for the next five days, and on day three, doctors performed a tracheotomy and hooked him up to a ventilator. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 13 Mar. 2022 Corey Sexton was hospitalized for two months with acute Covid-19.Courtesy Corey Sexton Corey Sexton first applied in June 2020 after spending 57 days in the hospital with Covid, including three weeks on a ventilator, and receiving a tracheotomy. NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 Claire performs an emergency tracheotomy on Roger that saves his life. Sharareh Drury, Variety, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tracheotomy

circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Tracheotomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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