tra·​che·​ot·​o·​my | \ˌtrā-kē-ˈä-tə-mē \
plural tracheotomies

Definition of tracheotomy 

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

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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 In 1985, a tracheotomy landed him in a round-the-clock nursing care facility. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "British physicist Stephen Hawking, among world’s greatest minds of science, dies at 76," 14 Mar. 2018 Even that form of communication was denied him when a near-fatal bout with pneumonia in 1985 necessitated a tracheotomy, which left him voiceless. Mark Feeney,, "Stephen Hawking, ground-breaking physicist, dead at 76," 14 Mar. 2018 In later years, Hawking completely lost his ability to speak after a bout of pneumonia necessitated a tracheotomy. Andrea Stone, National Geographic, "Stephen Hawking, Famed Physicist, Dies at 76," 14 Mar. 2018 One operating on children in Arkansas didn’t have a pediatric tracheotomy set to restore breathing; another lacked pediatric defibrillator pads to shock hearts back into rhythm. USA TODAY, "How a push to cut costs and boost profits at surgery centers led to a trail of death," 2 Mar. 2018

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circa 1726, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
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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