An operation to create an opening (a stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside. Colostomy and urostomy are types of ostomies.

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  • ostomy — 1957, abstracted from COLOSTOMY (Cf. colostomy); ultimately from Mod.L. stoma opening, orifice, from Gk. stoma mouth (see STOMA (Cf. stoma)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ostomy — [äs′tə mē] n. pl. ostomies any surgery connecting a hollow organ to the outside of the body or to another hollow organ, as a colostomy …   English World dictionary

  • -ostomy — the combining element is properly ↑ stomy …   Useful english dictionary

  • ostomy — /os teuh mee/, n., pl. ostomies. any of various surgical procedures, as a colostomy, in which an artificial opening is made so as to permit the drainage of waste products either into an appropriate organ or to the outside of the body. [1955 60;… …   Universalium

  • ostomy — os•to•my [[t]ˈɒs tə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies srg any of various surgical procedures in which an artificial opening is made for the drainage of waste products • Etymology: 1955–60; generalized from words in which ostomy is the final element; see o ,… …   From formal English to slang

  • Ostomy pouching system — An ostomy pouching system (also colloquially called a bag) is a medical device prosthetic that provides a means for the collection of waste from a surgically diverted biological system (colon, ileum, urinary) and the creation of a stoma. Pouching …   Wikipedia

  • ostomy — noun (plural mies) Etymology: colostomy Date: 1957 an operation (as a colostomy) to create an artificial passage for bodily elimination …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ostomy — noun a) A surgical procedure to provide an exit point for the waste of an organism. b) An exit point created by such surgical procedure. See Also: stomy, colostomy, ileostomy …   Wiktionary

  • Ostomy — An operation to create an opening from an area inside the body to the outside. See glossary entry for colostomy. * * * 1. An artificial stoma or opening into the urinary or gastrointestinal canal, or the trachea. 2. Any operation by which a… …   Medical dictionary

  • -ostomy — See stomy. * * * suffix see stomy * * * [Gr. stoma mouth] a word termination denoting an operation in which an artificial opening is formed, with the organ into which the opening is made denoted by the combining form to which the word termination …   Medical dictionary

  • ostomy — n. surgical opening of an organ to allow for the secretion of waste, opening of the intestines (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

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