- 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
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Word Origin and History for ostomy
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- Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening, such as a colostomy.
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