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

  • n. Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening through the abdominal wall into the ileum.
  • n. The opening created by such a surgical procedure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The surgical operation of attaching the ileum to the abdominal wall at a stoma (similar to a colostomy).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In surgery, the formation of an artificial opening into the ileum, as between the jejunum and the ileum.

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

  • n. surgical procedure that creates an opening from the ileum through the abdominal wall to function as an anus; performed in cases of cancer of the colon or ulcerative colitis


ile(um) + -stomy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ileo- + -stomy (Wiktionary)


  • The new plumbing was pretty bruised and the post-radiation tissue slow to heal, so they rerouted my business via an ileostomy, which is like the better-known colostomy, but coming off of the end of the small rather than large intestine.


  • He spoke too fast for my brain, using words like fistula, ileostomy, and carcinomatosis.

    The Memory Palace

  • “What are these?” she asks, looking down at the stomas and the ileostomy bag that drains out her bile.

    The Memory Palace

  • She was fed formula through a gastric tube and stooled through this ileostomy opening into a bag.

    Between Expectations

  • I never told him about the ileostomy, but I did tell some of my boyfriends.

    After the Diagnosis

  • Her ileostomy appliance just goes on the list, one more mundane irritation no different from the rest.

    After the Diagnosis

  • Her brother warned her that no one would ever be interested in her sexually if she had the ileostomy.

    After the Diagnosis

  • Leslie Snow, who had an ileostomy at age nineteen and suffers from multisystem disease, thinks the notion of self-induced illness is nonsense.

    After the Diagnosis

  • Leslie Snow, my longtime patient with the ileostomy and a host of other problems, has brought her husband, Ken, to the appointment—a first.

    After the Diagnosis

  • As a child Leslie had ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory disease that attacks the lining of the colon; at nineteen she underwent an ileostomy, a surgical diversion of the intestine to bypass the colon and deliver wastes into an external bag or pouch.

    After the Diagnosis


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