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(kŏ-los″trŏ-rē′ă) [colostrum + -rrhea] Excessive secretion of colostrum.


(kŏ-los′trŭm) [L. colostrum, beestings] Breast fluid that may be secreted from the second trimester of pregnancy onward but is most evident in the first 2 to 3 days after birth and before the onset of true lactation. This yellowish fluid, which is the first milk produced by the breast after childbirth, contains abundant carbohydrates, proteins (including antibodies), and minimal fat.


(kŏ-lot′ŏ-mē) [col- + -tomy] Incision into the colon.


(kŏl-pĕk′tō-mē) [″ + ektome, excision] Surgical removal of the vagina.


(kŏl-pī′tĭs, kŏl-pīt′ĭs) Vaginitis (2).

c. macularis Small red spots on the epithelium of the upper vagina and cervix. The spots are seen best with a colposcope and are called, colloquially, “strawberry spots.” They are often seen in women who are infected with trichomonas. SEE: Trichomonas vaginalis.

colpo-, colp-

[Gr. kolpos, fold, womb, vagina] Prefixes meaning vagina.


(kŏl′pō-sēl) [″ + kele, tumor, swelling] A hernia into the vagina.


(kŏl″pō-sē″lē-ŏt′ō-mē) [″ + koilia, belly, + tome, incision] An incision into the abdomen through the vagina. SEE: culdoscopy.


(kol″pō-klī′sĭs) [colpo- + Gr. kleisis, a closure] Surgical occlusion of the vagina. It is performed for older, medically fragile women with uterine or vaginal vault prolapse, who are not and do not wish to be sexually active. A total colpocleisis is performed if the woman has had a total hysterectomy; and a partial colpocleisis is done if the uterus and cervix are present, so that any abnormal bleeding from the uterus or cervix can be detected.


(kŏl″pō-sĭs-tī′tĭs) [″ + kystis, bladder, + itis, inflammation] Inflammation of the vagina and bladder.


(kŏl″pō-sĭs′tō-sēl) [″ + kystis, bladder, + kele, tumor, swelling] Prolapse of the bladder into the vagina.


(kŏl″pō-sĭs-tŏt′ō-mē) [″ + ″ + tome, incision] An incision into the bladder through the vagina. This procedure is no longer used, as better surgical approaches to the bladder are available.


(kŏl″pō-sĭs-tō-ū-rē′thrō-pĕks-ē) The transvaginal surgical suspension of the urethra and bladder—used to treat urinary incontinence in women. The surgery restores the proper cystourethral angle for normal urinary continence.

PATIENT CARE: The procedure and associated sensations are explained pre-operatively, along with postoperative regimens and expectations. Postoperatively, general patient care concerns apply. ...

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