Dictionary.com

colostomy

[ kuh-los-tuh-mee ]
/ kəˈlɒs tə mi /
Save This Word!

noun, plural co·los·to·mies.Surgery.
the construction of an artificial opening from the colon through the abdominal wall, thus bypassing a diseased portion of the lower intestine and permitting the passage of intestinal contents.
the opening so constructed.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of colostomy

First recorded in 1885–90; colo- + -stomy
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use colostomy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colostomy

colostomy
/ (kəˈlɒstəmɪ) /

noun plural -mies
the surgical formation of an opening from the colon onto the surface of the body, which functions as an anus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for colostomy

colostomy
[ kə-lŏstə-mē ]

n.
Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.
The opening created by such a surgical procedure.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for colostomy

colostomy
[ kə-lŏstə-mē ]

Surgical construction of an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall to the outside of the body for the purpose of excretion.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK