Definition of triage in English:


Syllabification: tri·age
Pronunciation: /trēˈäZH, ˈtrēˌäZH


1(In medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.
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  • Do alternative methods exist for diagnosing heart failure or enabling appropriate triage of patients for echocardiography?
  • On site management includes first aid, patient triage, and ambulance staging with a basic aim of maximal use of resources.
  • However, when triage nurses became involved 80% of patients were treated correctly.
1.1The process of determining the most important people or things from amongst a large number that require attention.
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  • Using a sort of corporate triage, they form teams with the company's own employees to diagnose weaknesses and prescribe a strategy to preserve cash and restructure the business.
  • Any good quality triage is swamped by the flood of poor decisions and technical foul-ups.
  • Is there a scheme of moral triage that would sort out this activity on behalf of a responsible, civilised society?


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Assign degrees of urgency to (wounded or ill patients).
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  • ‘Treatment with antidepressant, in a sense, triages patients with primary affective disorders to a different path’.
  • Parlier, the most experienced, triaged the patients on the fantail in the order they needed to be evacuated - the most serious first - and passed them forward on the starboard side to Doc Moser.
  • This anesthesia care provider would assist in triaging patients and coordinating the flow of patients throughout the perioperative area.


early 18th century: from French, from trier 'separate out'. The medical sense dates from the 1930s, from the military system of assessing the wounded on the battlefield.

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