Definition of colostomy
: surgical formation of an artificial anus by connecting the colon to an opening in the abdominal wall
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The June 13 shooting in the 6000 block of South Throop Street left the victim with severe damage to his lower intestine, requiring use of a colostomy bag and 30 staples in his groin, prosecutors said at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.
Andrew had a near-death health crisis in January 2011, and woke up on his 61st birthday with a colostomy.
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Origin and Etymology of colostomy
International Scientific Vocabulary 2col- + -stomy
First Known Use: 1887See Words from the same year
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