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

Example Sentences

Nurses do triage in the emergency room.
Recent Examples on the Web Today, top Democratic groups are rushing to triage the House map, with some seats already being all but written off. Shane Goldmacher, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2022 The Portland Police Bureau has had to triage its response to crime and encourages theft victims to report the crime online instead of calling 911. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2022 These are lineup wounds the Yankees likely can’t triage overnight. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2022 Cardiologists said the tool would allow frontline emergency physicians to more easily identify these patients and triage them to noncritical care, increasing the quality of care, lowering costs, and preventing unnecessary overcrowding in the ICU. Katherine C. Kellogg, STAT, 16 Sep. 2022 National Guard helicopters made low-altitude flights over the city and established military hospitals to triage and treat actors role-playing as panicked and injured civilians. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2022 At Tomotley, Logan and Penrose also worked to triage the flood of tips coming in and tried to get access to voting machines in Georgia, according to emails reviewed by The Times and interviews with several people involved. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 While San Diego and other urban areas in California are scrambling to triage the homeless problem, they are being shown up by other cities. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2022 Teledentistry could be used to triage patients in need of emergency care. Cindy Roark, Forbes, 28 June 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near triage

Cite this Entry

“Triage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triage. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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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