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 shooting left Zoe with a colostomy bag for months. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021 In 2016, Stone was a victim of gun violence himself, surviving a serious shooting that required hours of surgery and left him, to this day, with a colostomy bag. Rosemary Sobol,, 21 Sep. 2021 One of her concerns was a possible perforation requiring additional surgery and a temporary colostomy. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2021 In January 2019, Bolsonaro underwent surgery to remove a colostomy bag fitted after he was stabbed four months earlier on the presidential campaign trail. Rodrigo Pedroso And Larry Register, CNN, 14 July 2021 Oppedisano, who became Sinatra’s pal in his early 20s and was later his best friend and road manager, said the artist had emergency diverticulitis surgery in late `1986 and was left wearing a colostomy bag during recovery. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 And that was a simple procedure compared to the responsibilities for other families, like colostomy bags and wound care. Next Avenue, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The procedure leaves the person with a permanent colostomy and urinary diversion. cleveland, 4 Mar. 2021 Wright was recovering from surgery at the time and had a colostomy bag attached to his lower abdomen. John Caniglia, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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