Meaning of colostomy

co•los•to•my

Pronunciation: (ku-los'tu-mē), [key]
— pl. -mies.
  1. the construction of an artificial opening from the colon through the abdominal wall, thus bypassing a diseased portion of the lower intestine and permitting the passage of intestinal contents.
  2. the opening so constructed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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