The operation of incising the trachea, usually intended to be temporary. SEE ALSO: tracheostomy. [tracheo- + G. tome, incision]

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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 skin
2) the opening created by a tracheotomy

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tra·che·ot·o·my (tra″ke-otґə-me) [tracheo- + -tomy] surgical creation of an opening into the trachea through the neck, with the tracheal mucosa being brought into continuity with the skin. Called also tracheostomy.

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  • 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 — 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 — 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

  • tracheotomy — 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 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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