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ostomy

[ os-tuh-mee ]
/ ˈɒs tə mi /
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noun, plural os·to·mies.

any of various surgical procedures, as a colostomy, in which an artificial opening is made so as to permit the drainage of waste products either into an appropriate organ or to the outside of the body.

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Origin of ostomy

1955–60; generalized from words in which -ostomy is the final element; see -o-, -stomy
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Medical definitions for ostomy

ostomy
[ ŏstə-mē ]

n.

Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening, such as a colostomy.
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