noun, plural en·ter·os·to·mies. Surgery.

the making of an artificial opening into the intestine, which opens onto the abdominal wall, for feeding or drainage.

Origin of enterostomy

First recorded in 1875–80; entero- + -stomy
Related formsen·ter·os·to·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for enterostomy


noun plural -mies

surgical formation of a permanent opening into the intestine through the abdominal wall, used as an artificial anus, for feeding, etc
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enterostomy in Medicine




Surgical construction of an opening into the intestine through an incision in the abdominal wall.
The opening itself.
Related formsen′ter•osto•mal adj.
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