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ostomy

[os-tuh-mee]
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noun, plural os·to·mies.
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for ostomy

n.

1957, abstracted from colostomy, etc.; ultimately from Modern Latin stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "mouth" (see stoma).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ostomy in Medicine

ostomy

(ŏstə-mē)
n.
  1. Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening, such as a colostomy.
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