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noun, plural co·lot·o·mies. Surgery.
  1. incision or opening of the colon.
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Origin of colotomy

First recorded in 1865–70; colo- + -tomy
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Examples from the Web for colotomy

Historical Examples

  • It was also proposed to treat some of the severe dysentery cases by colotomy, but I never saw the method tried.

    Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900

    George Henry Makins

  • Colotomy in the left loin, generally known by the name of Amussat's operation.

British Dictionary definitions for colotomy


noun plural -mies
  1. a colonic incision
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Word Origin

C20 colon 2 + - tomy
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colotomy in Medicine


  1. Incision into the colon.
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