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.
Origin of colostomy
First recorded in 1885–90; colo-
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Contemporary Examples of colostomy
And, thanks to a host of women posting photos of themselves with their colostomy bags, the condition is shedding its stigma.
But Castro nixed having a colostomy, perhaps out of pride, machismo, or hubris—or some combination of the three.
British Dictionary definitions for colostomy
noun plural -mies
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
1888, from colon (n.2) + Modern Latin -stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "opening, mouth" (see stoma).
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Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.
The opening created by such a surgical procedure.
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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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