colostomy

noun

co·​los·​to·​my kə-ˈlä-stə-mē How to pronounce colostomy (audio)
plural colostomies
: surgical formation of an artificial anus by connecting the colon to an opening in the abdominal wall

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hurt People assists a range of disabled survivors, including those who use wheelchairs and those with colostomy bags. Neelam Bohra, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2023 Besides being put on an ECMO machine, Perry had to use a colostomy bag for nine months. Vulture, 19 Oct. 2022 Sometimes, a colectomy or diverting colostomy – cutting the colon above the level of the cancer and attaching the end to an opening in the skin on the belly to allow waste out – may be performed. CBS News, 7 Dec. 2022 Quentin had parts of his intestine removed and needed a colostomy bag at one point. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 Perry spent two weeks in a coma and five months in the hospital and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 19 Oct. 2022 After waking from his coma, Perry remained hospitalized for five months, and had to use a colostomy bag for nine while his body recovered. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 19 Oct. 2022 In one case, a patient who had a colostomy as the result of a gang rape was repeatedly punished by staff for urinary and fecal incontinence, according to the report. Molly Parker, ProPublica, 7 Sep. 2022 Of the children who survive their injuries, Henry said many still face serious medical complications, including disabilities caused by paralysis, abdominal and gastrointestinal damage, the need for a colostomy, and lifelong mental health struggles. Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary col- entry 2 + -stomy

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colostomy was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Colostomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colostomy. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

colostomy

noun
co·​los·​to·​my kə-ˈläs-tə-mē How to pronounce colostomy (audio)
plural colostomies
: surgical formation of an artificial anus by connecting the colon to an opening in the abdominal wall compare colotomy

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