|—n , pl stomata|
|1.||botany an epidermal pore, present in large numbers in plant leaves, that controls the passage of gases into and out of a plant|
|2.||zoology, anatomy a mouth or mouthlike part|
|3.||surgery colostomy See ileostomy an artificial opening made in a tubular organ, esp the colon or ileum|
|[C17: via New Latin from Greek: mouth]|
stoma sto·ma (stō'mə)
n. pl. sto·mas or sto·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A minute opening or pore, as in the surface of a membrane.
A mouthlike opening, such as the oral cavity of a nematode.
A surgically constructed opening, especially one made in the abdominal wall to permit the passage of waste.
|stoma (stō'mə) Pronunciation Key
Plural stomata (stō'mə-tə)