Meaning of STOMA in English



Pronunciation: ' st ō -m ə

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural sto · ma · ta \ -m ə -t ə \ also stomas

Etymology: New Latin, from Greek stomat-, stoma mouth

Date: circa 1684

1 : any of various small simple bodily openings especially in a lower animal

2 : one of the minute openings in the epidermis of a plant organ (as a leaf) through which gaseous interchange takes place also : the opening with its associated cellular structures

3 : an artificial permanent opening especially in the abdominal wall made in surgical procedures

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.