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

Examples of colostomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gaping wound in Nicholas' abdomen from his colostomy will not heal. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One in a billion: A 4-year-old is plagued by a mysterious, relentless disease. His genome might hold clues.," 18 Dec. 2010 Another smuggling victim, who had medical issues and wore a colostomy bag, was stripped naked, tied up and stunned with a taser. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "They promised Cubans entry into the U.S. Instead, they tortured and extorted them.," 24 Sep. 2020 Share prices have soared for large Danish health companies such as Coloplast — a major player in the market for colostomy pouches, continence and skin and wound care treatments — and Genmab, a biotech company specializing in cancer treatments. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Investors Cozy Up to Danish Stocks," 7 Aug. 2020 Wright was recovering from surgery at the time and had a colostomy bag attached to his lower abdomen. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Appeals court chides Euclid police’s ‘offensive’ training curriculum that included Chris Rock video, cartoon image of cop beating," 18 June 2020 The system aimed to make colostomy bags easier to wear and maintain. A. J. Baime, Car and Driver, "Will the American Auto Industry Save Us All (Again)?," 31 Mar. 2020 Jackson's colostomy was not reversed until this summer, after his parole. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan inmate sues over officials' refusal to reverse colostomy," 31 Dec. 2019 Doctors treated Jackson with a colostomy, diverting the colon through his skin to a bag attached to his side. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan inmate sues over officials' refusal to reverse colostomy," 31 Dec. 2019 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

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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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10 Oct 2020

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“Colostomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colostomy. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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

More from Merriam-Webster on colostomy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about colostomy

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