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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Colostomía

Colostomy (koh-LOS-toh-mee)
An opening into the colon from the outside of the body. A colostomy provides a new path for waste material to leave the body after part of the colon has been removed.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.