Definition of Stoma

1. Noun. A minute epidermal pore in a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor can pass.

Exact synonyms: Pore, Stomate
Generic synonyms: Aperture
Specialized synonyms: Germ Pore, Hydathode, Water Pore, Water Stoma, Lenticel
Derivative terms: Stomatal, Stomatous

2. Noun. A mouth or mouthlike opening (especially one created by surgery on the surface of the body to create an opening to an internal organ).
Group relationships: Colostomy, Tracheostomy, Tracheotomy
Generic synonyms: Opening, Orifice, Porta
Category relationships: Surgery
Derivative terms: Stomatal, Stomatous, Stomatous

Definition of Stoma

1. n. One of the minute apertures between the cells in many serous membranes.

Definition of Stoma

1. Noun. (botany) One of the tiny pores in the epidermis of a leaf or stem through which gases and water vapor pass. ¹

2. Noun. A small opening in a membrane; a surgically constructed opening, especially one in the abdominal wall that permits the passage of waste after a colostomy or ileostomy. ¹

3. Noun. (zoology) A mouthlike opening, such as the oral cavity of a nematode. ¹

4. Noun. An artificial anus. ¹

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Definition of Stoma

1. a minute opening in the epidermis of a plant organ [n -MAS or -MATA]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stoma

stoma (current term)
stomach ache
stomach aches
stomach bug
stomach bugs
stomach cancer
stomach exercise
stomach flu
stomach flus
stomach lining
stomach linings
stomach pump
stomach sweetbread

Literary usage of Stoma

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"stoma of Agave yucca-folia In cross section of leaf. " 4. ... stoma of V. rostrata—surface view—passage beneath teeth shown by dotted line. 44 11. ..."

2. Handbook of Practical Botany for the Botanical Laboratory and Private Student by Eduard Strasburger (1889)
"It is then shown that from the walls of the depression, project small conical elevations, whose apex is formed by a stoma. The side walls of the small cones ..."

3. Handbook of Practical Botany: For the Botanical Laboratory and Private Student by Eduard Strasburger, William Hillhouse (1900)
"It can then be easily proved that the stoma is enclosed between two semi- ... Between the two guard-cells is a spindle-shaped cleft, the stoma proper or ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1915)
"Shows incision in posterior parietal peritoneum held open exposing duodenum, its stoma, and excluding ligature. To the other side of the mesocolon ..."

5. Rigveda Brahmanas: The Aitareya and Kauṣītaki Brāhmaṇas of the Rigveda by Arthur Berriedale Keith (1920)
"... stoma his life, the Soma his kingdom, the fathers his fame and renown, saying' He is becoming other than we; he is becoming the holy power; ..."

6. An Introduction to Vegetable Physiology by Joseph Reynolds Green (1900)
"The split constitutes the stoma, and Fio. 66.—SURFACE VIEW OF PART OF THE ... SECTION OF LOWER EPIDERMIS OF A LEAF, SHOWING A stoma. x300. ..."

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