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 History of this Word

"stomy" is from "stoma" (opening) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
urostomy
cystostomy
enterostomy
laryngostomy

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-stomy" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates artificial opening. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-stomy illustration Whether the colostomy is permanent or not depends on why it is needed.
-stomy illustration Three patients who had gastrostomy regained normal swallowing and had their tubes removed.