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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1957, abstracted from colostomy, etc.; ultimately from Modern Latin stoma "opening, orifice," from Greek stoma "mouth" (see stoma).


n. 1 (context surgery English) A surgical procedure to provide an exit point for the waste of an organism. 2 (context medicine English) An exit point created by such surgical procedure.


n. surgical procedure that creates an artificial opening for the elimination of bodily wastes

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