Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening from the colon.
  • n. The opening created by such a surgical procedure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An incision into the colon to allow for drainage.
  • n. The opening produced in such incision.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, the establishment of a permanent opening (artificial anus) into some portion of the colon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a surgical operation that creates an opening from the colon to the surface of the body to function as an anus

Etymologies

colon +‎ -stomy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word colostomy is derived from Greek: ‘kolon’ which means large bowel, ‘stoumon’ which means to provide an opening, and ‘tome’ which means a cutting operation.

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  • The same day, Ruth Sherman, 88, of Sunrise, Florida, was asked about a visible protrusion from her waist band, which she identified as her colostomy bag.

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  • And one thing that they do sometimes -- excuse me, a little bit of throat congestion -- they actually sometimes will divert some of the intestine into a bag -- it's called a colostomy bag -- so that actually the intestine gets a chance to heal, the abdominal cavity gets a chance to heal while that suture line is fixing itself.

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  • One thing that helps in a situation like this -- and he may have had this done, it's hard to know for sure -- is actually to create what's known as a colostomy bag.

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  • On good days I thought: my colostomy is my badge of honour, my medal of flesh.

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  • A colostomy is your large bowel brought to the surface of your skin, cut open.

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  • A colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings the large intestine through the abdominal wall.

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  • Body scanners produce strikingly graphic images, creating pictures of virtually naked bodies that reveal not only sexual organs but also intimate medical details such as colostomy bags and mastectomy scars.

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  • Treatment in severe cases can include colostimization, which is essentially bypassing the colon entirely by rerouting the large intestine into a colostomy bag, so that the anal cyst has a chance to heal without constant re-infection.

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  • Many years in a wheelchair with a colostomy bag hanging from the back.

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