Meaning of trachea


Pronunciation: (trā'kē-uor, esp. Brit.,tru-kē'u), [key]
— pl. tra•che•ae tra•che•as.
  1. the tube in humans and other air-breathing vertebrates extending from the larynx to the bronchi, serving as the principal passage for conveying air to and from the lungs; the windpipe. See diag. under lung.
  2. (in insects and other arthropods) one of the air-conveying tubes of the respiratory system.
  3. vessel (def. 5).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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