fistula

noun
fis·tu·la | \ˈfis-chə-lə, ˈfish-\
plural fistulas or fistulae\ˈfis-chə-ˌlē, -ˌlī, ˈfish- \

Definition of fistula 

: an abnormal passage that leads from an abscess or hollow organ or part to the body surface or from one hollow organ or part to another and that may be surgically created to permit passage of fluids or secretions

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This is known as a fistula, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 2018 These inoperable desmoid tumors worked their way into my small bowel, establishing fistulas, or abnormal connections. Denise Teter, Philly.com, "For a colorectal cancer survivor on IV nutrition, airport security is another hurdle to vault," 11 July 2018 These inoperable desmoid tumors worked their way into my small bowel, establishing fistulas, or abnormal connections. Denise Teter, Philly.com, "For a colorectal cancer survivor on IV nutrition, airport security is another hurdle to vault," 11 July 2018 An estimated 2 million women and girls in Africa live with obstetric fistula. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump predicts Dems will be put on ICE in November; Dems in dissension; Mexico elects ‘messiah’," 2 July 2018 With the doctor’s aorta seemingly disintegrating, Narayan and Turner’s teams injected a high dose of purified OMKO1 in combination with the antibiotic ceftazidime directly into the fistula in his chest. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Virus fished from pond cures man’s deadly antibiotic-resistant infection," 20 Mar. 2018 Turner’s lab collected bacteria-laden discharge from a fistula that formed in the doctor’s chest and mixed it with phage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Virus fished from pond cures man’s deadly antibiotic-resistant infection," 20 Mar. 2018 In these experiments on human chattel, Sims developed a technique to repair fistula, the first of its kind. Daniela Blei, The Atlantic, "Women Are Redesigning the Dreaded Speculum," 8 Mar. 2018 In 1845, James Marion Sims, a 32-year-old surgeon in Montgomery, Alabama, was asked by a local slave owner to treat a young woman suffering from vesicovaginal fistula. Daniela Blei, The Atlantic, "Women Are Redesigning the Dreaded Speculum," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of fistula

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fistula

Middle English, from Latin, pipe, fistula

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fistula

noun
fis·tu·la | \ˈfis(h)-chə-lə, British also ˈfis-tyu̇-lə\
plural fistulas or fistulae\-lē also -lī \

Medical Definition of fistula 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an abnormal passage that leads from an abscess or hollow organ or part to the body surface or from one hollow organ or part to another and that may be surgically created to permit passage of fluids or secretions a congenital tracheoesophageal fistula an arteriovenous fistula was reconstructed in the right arm for dialysis— Pasteur Rasuli et al

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Medical Definition of fistula (Entry 2 of 2)

— see cassia fistula

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