tracheal bifurcation

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tracheal bifurcation

the division of the trachea into the right and left main bronchi; it occurs at the level of the fifth or sixth thoracic vertebral body and is marked internally by the presence of a carina or keellike ridge between the diverging bronchi.


1. a division into two branches.
2. the point at which division into two branches occurs.

tracheal bifurcation
termination of the trachea, where it divides into two principal bronchi.