Definition of gastrostomy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈsträstəmē/

noun (plural gastrostomies)

1An opening into the stomach from the abdominal wall, made surgically for the introduction of food.
Example sentences
  • The physician inserted a gastrostomy tube into the stomach to provide additional nutritional support, which may help to spontaneously close the fistula.
  • A clear catheter entered the stomach at the gastrostomy site and had passed the pylorus into the duodenum.
  • A gastrostomy tube is a feeding tube that goes in the stomach.
1.1A surgical operation for making an opening in the stomach.
Example sentences
  • A multidisciplinary team and other caregivers experienced with gastrostomies are excellent resources for caregivers contemplating the procedure.
  • Six caregivers reported that pain was a problem for their child before gastrostomy, and half of these caregivers indicated less pain since the gastrostomy.
  • We left the decision about the gastrostomy alone while my husband was still febrile and talked about how to get sustaining food into him to prevent hunger.

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Syllabification: gas·tros·to·my

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