- Pathology. a narrow passage or duct formed by disease or injury, as one leading from an abscess to a free surface, or from one cavity to another.
- Surgery. an opening made into a hollow organ, as the bladder or eyeball, for drainage.
- Veterinary Pathology. any of various suppurative inflammations, as in the withers of a horse (fistulous withers), characterized by the formation of passages or sinuses through the tissues and to the surface of the skin.
- Obsolete. a pipe, as a flute.
Origin of fistula
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: pipe, tube, fistula
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Examples from the Web for fistula
The sick sister was healed after relics from John XXIII were placed on the fistula on her abdomen.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2014
About 5,000 girls and women in South Sudan suffer from fistula each year.Exchanging Daughters for Livestock: Child Marriage In South Sudan
Gauri van Gulik, Janet Walsh
March 10, 2013
When it is invaded by inflammation, abscess and fistula may occur.Intestinal Ills
Alcinous Burton Jamison
It has been said, times past number, that an animal with a fistula is in pain.Experiments on Animals
In fistula in ano Paul says it may be used as a director to cut upon.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
He had the fistula—lived on slops and couldn't sit his horse for a day's huntin'.The Syndic
Subcutaneous emphysema may precede the formation of the fistula.
- pathol an abnormal opening between one hollow organ and another or between a hollow organ and the surface of the skin, caused by ulceration, congenital malformation, etc
- obsolete any musical wind instrument; a pipe
C14: from Latin: pipe, tube, hollow reed, ulcer
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Word Origin and History for fistula
"long, narrow ulcer," late 14c., from Latin fistula "pipe; ulcer," of uncertain origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An abnormal passage from a hollow organ to the body surface, or from one organ to another.
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