1. tracheostomy

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
  • operation
  • stoma
  • tracheotomy
  • surgery
  • surgical procedure


  • major surgery
  • serial operation
  • asynchronous operation
  • synchronous operation

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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.

2. Adjective
When your vet anesthetizes your dog, he inserts a tracheostomy tube into his windpipe to help him breathe during surgery.