Definitions

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

  • noun Surgical construction of an artificial excretory opening, as a colostomy or ileostomy.

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  • noun surgery A surgical procedure to provide an exit point for the waste of an organism.
  • noun medicine An exit point created by such surgical procedure.

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  • noun surgical procedure that creates an artificial opening for the elimination of bodily wastes

Etymologies

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

[From (col)ostomy.]

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Back-formation from colostomy.

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