ostomy


os·to·my

noun \ˈäs-tə-mē\
plural os·to·mies

Definition of OSTOMY

:  an operation (as a colostomy) to create an artificial passage for bodily elimination

Origin of OSTOMY

colostomy
First Known Use: 1957

os·to·my

noun \ˈäs-tə-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural os·to·mies

Medical Definition of OSTOMY

: an operation (as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy) to create an artificial passage for bodily elimination

ostomy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Surgical opening in the body, or the operation creating it, usually to allow discharge of wastes through the abdominal wall. It may be temporary, to relieve strain on damaged organs, or permanent, to replace normal channels congenitally missing or surgically removed (usually to treat cancer). A loop of bowel (the colon in colostomy and the ileum in ileostomy) is cut and the end brought through to the abdominal surface. Waste usually exits into a self-adhering bag worn over the opening, or an internal pouch may be made from body tissue.

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