fistula

noun

fis·​tu·​la ˈfis-chə-lə How to pronounce fistula (audio)
ˈfish-
plural fistulas or fistulae ˈfis-chə-ˌlē How to pronounce fistula (audio)
-ˌlī,
ˈfish-
: 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

Examples of fistula in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although rare, surgery may cause anastomotic leakage, pelvic abscesses, and rectovaginal fistula. Kasandra Brabaw, Health, 19 June 2024 After her fistula left her stinking of leaking waste, villagers took her to an exposed hut on the edge of town to be eaten by hyenas. Isobel Coleman, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2010 Because the women afflicted by obstetric fistulas face systemic gender discrimination and social marginalization. Ashley Judd, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2024 By knocking back the immune system with immunosuppressants and nutrition from TPN—to rest the bowel by not eating or drinking—fistulas can sometimes close themselves. Andrew Chapman, Longreads, 18 Apr. 2024 But a nasal fistula—a hole between his nose and mouth—made his speech garbled and unintelligible. Dave Eshleman, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 Some 6 percent of these deaths are from obstetric fistulas, and for each of those deaths, as many as four to five more women will live with an obstetric fistula injury. Ashley Judd, Scientific American, 5 Jan. 2024 At her pre-surgical consult for the fistula this past March, her surgeons were shocked. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 28 Sep. 2023 On the list of challenges that most people acknowledge women are facing in the second quintile of the 21st century—from being shut out of corporate boardrooms to untreated fistulas—the inability to play Texas Hold’em does not rank very high, but Just is all in. Time, 24 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin, pipe, fistula

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fistula was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fistula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fistula. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fistula

noun
fis·​tu·​la ˈfis-chə-lə How to pronounce fistula (audio)
plural fistulas or fistulae -ˌlē How to pronounce fistula (audio)
-ˌlī
: an abnormal passage leading from an abscess or hollow organ

Medical Definition

fistula

1 of 2 noun
fis·​tu·​la
ˈfis(h)-chə-lə, British also ˈfis-tyu̇-lə
plural fistulas or fistulae
-lē also -lī
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 dialysisPasteur Rasuli et al.
2

fistula

2 of 2
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