noun. 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 edema or cancer or other causes.
- surgical process
- surgical procedure
- major surgery
- serial operation
- asynchronous operation
- synchronous operation
Example sentences of the word tracheostomy
1. Noun, singular or mass
You may need to keep your tracheostomy open for the rest of your life or it may be a temporary measure, depending on the underlying reason for the procedure.
When your vet anesthetizes your dog, he inserts a tracheostomy tube into his windpipe to help him breathe during surgery.