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[os-tuh-mee] /ˈɒs tə mi/
noun, plural ostomies.
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.
1955-60; generalized from words in which -ostomy is the final element; see -o-, -stomy Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for ostomy

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

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ostomy in Medicine

ostomy os·to·my (ŏs'tə-mē)
Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening, such as a colostomy.

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