triage

noun

tri·​age trē-ˈäzh How to pronounce triage (audio)
ˈtrē-ˌäzh
1
a
: the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors
b
: the sorting of patients (as in an emergency room) according to the urgency of their need for care
2
: the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and other resources can be best used, are most needed, or are most likely to achieve success
triage transitive verb

Examples of triage in a Sentence

Nurses do triage in the emergency room.
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Word History

Etymology

French, sorting, sifting, from trier to sort, from Old French — more at try entry 1

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of triage was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Triage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triage. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

triage

noun
1
: the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors
2
: the sorting of patients (as in an emergency room) according to the urgency of their need for care
triage transitive verb
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