- 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 fistulae
Dioscorides says that fistulae may be dilated with sponge tents.
In other cases this extreme result is not caused and fistulae are formed from which the ichor constantly flows.
The ear probe seems to have been much used for probing wounds and fistulae when a very slender instrument was required.
- 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
Word Origin and History for fistulae
"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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