Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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colon +‎ -stomy.

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 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.

    a better woman

  • 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.

    a better woman

  • 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.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jan 16, 2007

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Jan 16, 2007

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

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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.

    a better woman

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

    a better woman

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