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a form of speech achieved after laryngectomy by using either an external vibratory source or the pharyngoesophageal segment as an internal vibratory source. see also esophageal speech. Tracheoesophageal speech may be produced after laryngectomy by surgically diverting exhaled air to the pharynx through a permanently constructed tracheoesophageal fistula.
Etymology: Gk, a, without + larynx; ME, speche
methods of speech communication used after laryngectomy, including communication with an electrolarynx, a tracheosophageal voice prosthesis and use of esophageal speech.
a·la·ryn·ge·al speech(ā-lăr-in'jē-ăl spēch)
Any of several methods of speech used by patients who have had their larynx removed. These methods include esophageal speech, tracheoesophageal puncture, or speech enhanced by an electrolarynx.
See also: speech