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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cánula de traqueotomía

Tracheostomy tube (TRAY-kee-OS-toh-mee)
A 2-inch- to 3-inch-long curved metal or plastic tube placed in a surgically created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open. Also called trach tube.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.