colostomy


co·los·to·my

noun \kə-ˈläs-tə-mē\
plural co·los·to·mies

Definition of COLOSTOMY

:  surgical formation of an artificial anus by connecting the colon to an opening in the abdominal wall

Origin of COLOSTOMY

International Scientific Vocabulary 2col- + -stomy
First Known Use: 1888

co·los·to·my

noun \kə-ˈläs-tə-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural co·los·to·mies

Medical Definition of COLOSTOMY

: surgical formation of an artificial anus by connecting the colon to an opening in the abdominal wall—compare colotomy

Illustration of COLOSTOMY

colostomy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Surgical formation of an artificial anus by making an opening from the colon through the abdominal wall. It may be done to decompress an obstructed colon, to allow excretion when part of the colon must be removed, or to permit healing of the colon. Colostomy may be temporary or permanent. A sigmoid colostomy, the most common type of permanent colostomy, requires no appliances (though a light pouch is sometimes worn for reassurance) and allows a normal life except for the route of fecal excretion. See also ostomy.

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