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[kuh-los-tuh-mee] /kəˈlɒs tə mi/
noun, plural colostomies. Surgery
the construction of an artificial opening from the colon through the abdominal wall, thus bypassing a diseased portion of the lower intestine and permitting the passage of intestinal contents.
the opening so constructed.
Origin of colostomy
1885-90; colo- + -stomy Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mies
the surgical formation of an opening from the colon onto the surface of the body, which functions as an anus
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Word Origin and History for colostomy

1888, from colon (n.2) + Modern Latin -stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "opening, mouth" (see stoma).

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colostomy in Medicine

colostomy co·los·to·my (kə-lŏs'tə-mē)

  1. Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.

  2. The opening created by such a surgical procedure.

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colostomy in Science
Surgical construction of an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall to the outside of the body for the purpose of excretion.
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