January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p2213
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A definition of the medical term "tracheostomy" is presented. It refers to the surgical opening of the trachea to provide and secure an open airway. The procedure may be performed in emergency situations or electively to replace a temporary airway provided by an endotracheal tube that has been in place for more than several weeks.


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