colostomy

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noun co·los·to·my \kə-ˈlä-stə-mē\

Definition of colostomy

plural

colostomies

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

Origin and Etymology of colostomy

International Scientific Vocabulary 2col- + -stomy


First Known Use: 1887


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colostomy

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noun co·los·to·my \kə-ˈläs-tə-mē\

Medical Definition of colostomy

plural

colostomies

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

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