Definition of triage
1a : 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 survivorsb : 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
Examples of triage in a Sentence
Nurses do triage in the emergency room.
Recent Examples of triage from the Web
Medical students volunteer in triage teams to treat the protest wounded.
The news-production and distribution outfit is working along the trenches of private TV like a triage bringing Western know-how and equipment to the Russian front.
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Origin and Etymology of triage
French, sorting, sifting, from trier to sort, from Old French — more at 1try
First Known Use: 1918
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Definition of triage for English Language Learners
medical : the process of deciding which patients should be treated first based on how sick or seriously injured they are
Medical Definition of triage
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
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