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Definition of Tracheoesophageal puncture

Tracheoesophageal puncture: A small opening that is made by a surgeon between the esophagus and the trachea. A valve is inserted to keep food out of the trachea but allow air into the esophagus to permit tracheoesophageal speech.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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