trach|e|ot|o|my [ˌtrækiˈɔtəmi US ˌtreıkiˈa:t-] n plural tracheotomies
technical an operation to cut a hole in someone's throat so that they can breathe

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  • Tracheotomy — Tra che*ot o*my, n. [Trachea + Gr. ? to cut: cf.F. tracheotomie.] (Surg.) The operation of making an opening into the windpipe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tracheotomy — (n.) 1726, Modern Latin, coined 1718 by German surgeon Lorenz Heister (1683 1758); see TRACHEA (Cf. trachea) + TOMY (Cf. tomy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tracheotomy — [trā΄kēäs′tə mētrā΄kē ät′ə mē] n. pl. tracheotomies [ TRACHEO + TOMY] surgical incision of the trachea, as for making an artificial breathing hole: also tracheostomy [trā΄kēäs′tə mē] …   English World dictionary

  • Tracheotomy — This article is about the surgical procedure called a tracheotomy. For a similar procedure, see Cricothyrotomy. Tracheotomy Intervention Completed tracheotomy: 1 Vocal folds 2 Thyroid cartilage 3 Cricoid cartilage 4 Tracheal rings …   Wikipedia

  • tracheotomy — UK [ˌtrækɪˈɒtəmɪ] / US [ˌtreɪkɪˈɑtəmɪ] noun [countable] Word forms tracheotomy : singular tracheotomy plural tracheotomies medical a medical operation in which a hole is cut in someone s trachea to let air into their lungs …   English dictionary

  • tracheotomy — The operation of incising the trachea, usually intended to be temporary. SEE ALSO: tracheostomy. [tracheo + G. tome, incision] * * * tra·che·ot·o·my .trā kē ät ə mē n, pl mies 1) the surgical operation of cutting into the trachea esp. through the …   Medical dictionary

  • tracheotomy — n. (also tracheostomy) (pl. ies) an incision made in the trachea to relieve an obstruction to breathing. Phrases and idioms: tracheotomy tube a breathing tube inserted into this incision …   Useful english dictionary

  • tracheotomy tube — noun a breathing tube inserted into a tracheotomy …   English new terms dictionary

  • tracheotomy — noun (plural mies) Date: circa 1726 the surgical operation of cutting into the trachea especially through the skin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tracheotomy — tracheotomist, n. /tray kee ot euh mee/, n., pl. tracheotomies. Surg. the operation of cutting into the trachea. [1720 30; TRACHEO + TOMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • tracheotomy — noun A surgical procedure in which an incision is made into the trachea, through the neck, and a tube inserted so as to make an artificial opening in order to assist breathing …   Wiktionary

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