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colostomy

[kuh-los-tuh-mee]
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noun, plural co·los·to·mies. Surgery.
  1. 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.
  2. the opening so constructed.
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Origin of colostomy

First recorded in 1885–90; colo- + -stomy
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colostomy

noun plural -mies
  1. the surgical formation of an opening from the colon onto the surface of the body, which functions as an anus
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Word Origin and History for colostomy

n.

1888, from colon (n.2) + Modern Latin -stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "opening, mouth" (see stoma).

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colostomy in Medicine

colostomy

(kə-lŏstə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.
  2. The opening created by such a surgical procedure.
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colostomy in Science

colostomy

[kə-lŏstə-mē]
  1. Surgical construction of an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall to the outside of the body for the purpose of excretion.
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