noun, plural fis·tu·las, fis·tu·lae [fis-choo-lee] /ˈfɪs tʃʊˌli/.
Origin of fistula
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
(b) The general condition of the patient may be excellent, but otorrhœa or a fistula over the mastoid process may persist.
She suffered from an apparently incurable disease of the eye, fistula lachrymalis.Pascal|John Tulloch
Under good illumination, careful inspection is made to see if a fistula or a tract of diseased bone extends in any direction.
The margins of the fistula should be curetted freely and the opening enlarged, if necessary.
These should be treated by drainage, using a wide rubber drain; the convalescence will be tedious, but the fistula will close.
noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
Word Origin for fistula
"long, narrow ulcer," late 14c., from Latin fistula "pipe; ulcer," of uncertain origin.