Definition of tracheotomy in US English:


(also tracheostomy)

nounPlural tracheotomies

  • An incision in the windpipe made to relieve an obstruction to breathing.

    ‘I had to do an emergency tracheotomy before we got to hospital’
    ‘tracheotomy is recommended’
    • ‘In severe problem patients a tracheotomy or surgical opening (temporary or permanent) above the Adams apple is needed.’
    • ‘Seventeen of the patients had a tracheostomy for airway obstruction.’
    • ‘In some cases, such as when the swollen epiglottis blocks the windpipe, a tracheostomy may be performed.’
    • ‘All tracheotomies were operative tracheotomies, and no percutaneous dilatational tracheostomies were performed.’
    • ‘Longer-term help with breathing may require a tracheotomy.’