Meaning of tracheostomy

tra•che•os•to•my

Pronunciation: (trā"kē-os'tu-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  1. the construction of an artificial opening through the neck into the trachea, usually for the relief of difficulty in breathing.
  2. the opening so constructed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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