Definition of Fistula

1. Noun. A chronic inflammation of the withers of a horse.

Exact synonyms: Fistulous Withers
Generic synonyms: Animal Disease

2. Noun. An abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface.
Exact synonyms: Sinus
Generic synonyms: Passage, Passageway
Derivative terms: Fistular, Fistulous

Definition of Fistula

1. n. A reed; a pipe.

Definition of Fistula

1. Noun. (medicine) An abnormal connection or passageway between organs or vessels that normally do not connect. ¹

2. Noun. (rare) A tube, a pipe, or a hole. ¹

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Definition of Fistula

1. a duct formed by the imperfect closing of a wound [n -LAE or -LAS] : FISTULAR [adj]

Medical Definition of Fistula

1. An abnormal passage or communication, usually between two internal organs or leading from an internal organ to the surface of the body. Frequently designated according to the organs or parts with which it communicates, as anovaginal, brochocutaneous, hepatopleural, pulmonoperitoneal, rectovaginal, urethrovaginal and the like. Such passages are frequently created experimentally for the purpose of obtaining body secretions for physiologic study. Origin: L. Fistula = pipe This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fistula

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fistula knife
fistula test

Literary usage of Fistula

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
"The conclusions which he believes may be legitimately drawn from these cases, in regard to the pathology, diagnosis, and prognosis of the fistula in ..."

2. The Lancet (1898)
"Injecting the external fistula with milk or some coloured injection will often be a ... As a rule the division of a rectal fistula when well performed is a ..."

3. The Structure of Conflict by Paul G. Swingle (1885)
"Very small fistula} may probably be cured by the actual or galvanic cautery, ... To bring the fistula well into view and under control ; 2d, ..."

4. Organizations by James G. March, Herbert Alexander Simon (1878)
"If the fistula be complicated by the should be relieved first, when the urachal openin: a ... URINARY fistula IN THF. F Of this there are five varieties, ..."

5. The Science and art of surgery v.1 by John Eric Erichsen (1881)
"When the fistula is complete, the only plan of treatment that rs any chance of success is the division of the sphincter ; so that this scie, which tends to ..."

6. A Practical treatise on the diseases of women by Theodore Gaillard Thomas (1891)
"To the tracts or passages thus opened the name of fistula; has been given. ... VESICO-VAGINAL fistula (3) is a communication between the bladder and vagina, ..."

7. Diseases of Women by Harry Sturgeon Crossen (1922)
"Fecal fistula e involving the vault of the vagina often close ... If the fistula persists after several weeks with no apparent prospect of closing it will ..."

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