• WordNet 3.6
    • n gastrostomy surgical creation of an opening through the abdominal wall into the stomach (as for gastrogavage)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gastrostomy (Surg) The operation of making a permanent opening into the stomach, for the introduction of food.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gastrostomy In surgery, the operation of forming an artificial opening into the stomach, for introducing food when it cannot pass through the gullet, on account of obstruction or stricture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gastrostomy gas-tros′to-mi an operation performed in a case of stricture of the gullet, to introduce food into the stomach through an external opening.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gastro-, + Gr. mouth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. gastēr, belly, stoma, mouth.


In literature:

Gastrostomy is an operation for establishing a fistulous opening in the stomach through the anterior wall.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
In aggravated cases, the gastrostomy opening must be retained in order to prevent death from starvation.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
In 1858 he performed practically the first gastrostomy in England for a case of cancer of the oesophagus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various