- An operation for opening into the intestine through the tip of the vermiform appendix, previously attached to the anterior abdominal wall. [appendico- + G. stoma, mouth]
* * *ap·pen·di·cos·to·my ə-.pen-də-'käs-tə-mē n, pl -to·mies the surgical operation of opening the vermiform appendix to irrigate the large intestine
* * *n.an operation in which the vermiform appendix is brought through the abdominal wall and opened in order to drain or decompress the intestine. It is now rarely performed, ileostomy, caecostomy, or colostomy being preferred.
* * *ap·pen·di·cos·to·my (ə-pen″dĭ-kosґtə-me) [appendix + -stomy] surgical creation of an opening from the surface of the abdominal wall into the vermiform appendix for the purpose of irrigating or draining the large intestine.
Medical dictionary. 2011.