Meaning of STOMA in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈstō-mə ]


( plural sto·ma·ta -mə-tə ; 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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.