Definition of "tracheotomy" [tra•che•ot•o•my]

  • Surgical incision of the trachea through the neck, as to make an artificial opening for breathing. (noun)

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Use "tracheotomy" in a sentence
  • "WOODRUFF: Sanjay, if I'm hearing you correctly, I'm hearing you using both the term tracheotomy and tracheostomy, which is it, or is it both?"
  • "What he's suggesting is something called a tracheotomy, which is where you take a tube and put it -- insert into the neck and put into the baby's lungs to help make breathing easier."
  • "Once again he brought up the subject of the doctors at the hospital performing this procedure called a tracheotomy on my throat."