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Definition of Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy: Surgery to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe. The opening itself may also be called a tracheostomy. A tracheostomy may be made as an emergency measure if the airway is blocked.

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

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