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 Harden has had a tracheotomy performed and has a ventilator to help his breathing. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Mariemont lacrosse player helps raise money for ALS for longtime assistant Graham Harden," 10 Apr. 2021 Many, though recovered, develop scarring of the trachea, necessitating need for a plastic tracheotomy tube, and/or airway reconstructive surgeries. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Woman Takes A Deep Breath After First Successful Tracheal Transplant," 6 Apr. 2021 Later that night, a fissure created by his tracheotomy caused an artery to burst. Tyler Hicks, Chron, "'I have to keep going': A Houston nurse returns to work after losing her brother to COVID," 16 Mar. 2021 There was one otherwise healthy woman in her 60s or 70s who needed a tracheotomy, a hole in her neck where a breathing tube can go. Hallie Miller,, "As Maryland hospitals again fill with coronavirus patients, weary front-line workers push through to care for them," 3 Dec. 2020 Gough tried to flee, and Rayam fired one shot that went into his neck and through his mouth, blowing out his teeth, damaging his voice box, shattering his jaw and requiring a tracheotomy. Justin Fenton,, "Baltimore expected to pay $8 million to settle Gun Trace Task Force lawsuit, eclipsing amount in Freddie Gray case," 13 Nov. 2020 In more severe cases, an emergency tracheotomy—in which a doctor makes a small cut in a patients neck to insert a tube into their windpipe that way—may be necessary. Maggie O'neill,, "‘Dancing With the Stars' Celeb Jeannie Mai Diagnosed With Epiglottitis—Here’s What to Know About the Condition," 2 Nov. 2020 His mother remained in the hospital with a tracheotomy and on a ventilator for four months. Carrie Napoleon,, "Gary health officer, parents experience COVID-19 as a family; mother spent 4 months on ventilator," 4 Sep. 2020 As a result, the actor underwent a tracheotomy that altered the sound of his voice. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Val Kilmer's Daughter Mercedes Talks Working with Dad, His 'Challenging' Throat Cancer Battle," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Tracheotomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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