tracheotomy


tracheotomy

noun, plural tra·che·ot·o·mies. Surgery.

  1. the operation of cutting into the trachea.

noun plural -mies

  1. surgical incision into the trachea, usually performed when the upper air passage has been blocked
n.

1726, Modern Latin, coined 1718 by German surgeon Lorenz Heister (1683-1758); see trachea + -tomy.

n.

  1. Incision into the trachea through the neck.

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