[ kuh-los-tuh-mee ]
/ kəˈlɒs tə mi /

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- + -stomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for colostomy

  • And, thanks to a host of women posting photos of themselves with their colostomy bags, the condition is shedding its stigma.

    The Brave Colostomy Bag Selfies|Charlotte Lytton|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • But Castro nixed having a colostomy, perhaps out of pride, machismo, or hubris—or some combination of the three.

    The Day Castro Wept|A. L. Bardach|September 17, 2009|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Medicine definitions for colostomy


[ kə-lŏstə-mē ]


Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.
The opening created by such a surgical procedure.
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Science definitions for 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.
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