variants or chiefly British caecostomy
plural cecostomies
: a surgical procedure to create an opening in the cecum of the large intestine and insertion of a tube for administering fluids (as saline) by way of an abdominal port to flush out fecal matter through the anal opening especially in the treatment of chronic neurogenic constipation or fecal incontinence
also : the opening created by such a surgical procedure

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“Cecostomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cecostomy. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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