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Noun: tracheostomy  ,trey-kee'ós-tu-mee
  1. A surgical operation that creates an opening into the trachea with a tube inserted to provide a passage for air; performed when the pharynx is obstructed by oedema, cancer or other causes
    - tracheotomy

Derived forms: tracheostomies

Type of: op [informal], operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process

Encyclopedia: Tracheostomy