[ os-tuh-mee ]
/ ˈɒs tə mi /

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.

Origin of ostomy

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

[ ŏstə-mē ]


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