Definitions for "Tracheostomy"
a surgical opening in the windpipe below the larynx (voice box) to supply air to the lungs.
A surgical operation to create an opening (stoma) into the windpipe (the trachea). The opening itself can also be called a tracheostomy. Tracheostomy may also be used for patients who require long-term support with a breathing machine (ventilator).
creation of an opening into the trachea through the neck (below the cricoid cartilage), with insertion of a tube to facilitate passage of air or evacuation of secretions