colostomy

noun
co·​los·​to·​my | \ kə-ˈlä-stə-mē How to pronounce colostomy (audio) \
plural colostomies

Definition of colostomy

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

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Patients were sent with diagnoses like lymphocytic colitis, severe diabetes, chronic skin ulcers, severe anemia and kidney disease, colostomy and suicidal thoughts. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 Her condition has left her dependent on a colostomy bag. Houston Chronicle, "Cancer patient discusses too much detail in public," 18 June 2018 The group provides aid and support to people contemplating or who have undergone diversionary bowel or bladder surgeries (colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy, Kock or J pouch, etc.). Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Soroptimists give “Live Your Dream” Awards," 23 Apr. 2018 His wife, initially queasy about bodily fluids, learned to change bandages, colostomy bags and the feeding apparatus. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 Since then, prisoner advocates have alleged that the feces actually came from an inmate's colostomy bag. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Huntsville prison hunger strike ‘essentially’ over, officials say," 20 Apr. 2018 Campbell uses a walker, relies on an external colostomy bag, requires four breathing treatments a day and may have lung cancer. Andrew Welsh-huggins, Cincinnati.com, "Lawyers: Firing squad must be option for condemned killer," 22 Jan. 2018 His wife, initially queasy about bodily fluids, learned to change bandages, colostomy bags and the feeding apparatus. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, "After being shot, Baltimore police officer spends four years recovering in hope of returning to duty," 7 Apr. 2018 Barroso referenced health issues that Henry has, including kidney problems and requiring a colostomy bag, which are typically needed for those suffering from lower bowel problems. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Jeff Henry's lawyer: 'There isn't a day where he doesn't think of Caleb Schwab' | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of colostomy

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colostomy

International Scientific Vocabulary col- entry 2 + -stomy

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The first known use of colostomy was in 1887

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colostomy

noun
co·​los·​to·​my | \ kə-ˈläs-tə-mē How to pronounce colostomy (audio) \
plural colostomies

Medical Definition of colostomy

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

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