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n. pl. fis·tu·las or fis·tu·lae (-lē′)
1. A duct or passage resulting from injury, disease, or a congenital disorder that connects an abscess, cavity, or hollow organ to the body surface or to another hollow organ.
2. Such a passage that has been created intentionally, especially a surgically constructed connection between an artery and a vein that is used for vascular access in hemodialysis.
[Middle English, from Latin, hollow stalk of a reed, pipe, fistula (in the medical sense, probably calqued on Greek surinx, panpipe, fistula); perhaps akin to Latin festūca, straw, stalk; see fescue.]
n, pl -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
1. (Pathology) 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
2. obsolete any musical wind instrument; a pipe
[C14: from Latin: pipe, tube, hollow reed, ulcer]
fis•tu•la(ˈfɪs tʃʊ lə)
n., pl. -las, -lae (-ˌli)
1. Pathol. a narrow passage or duct formed by disease or injury.
2. a surgical opening into a hollow organ for drainage.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: pipe, tube, fistula]
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|Noun||1.||fistula - a chronic inflammation of the withers of a horse|
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
|2.||fistula - an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface|
fistula[ˈfɪstjʊlə] N (fistulas or fistulae (pl)) → fístula f
fistula[ˈfɪstjʊlə] n → fistola
n. fístula, canal o pasaje anormal que permite el paso de secreciones de una cavidad a otra o a la superficie exterior;
anal ___ → ___ anal;
arteriovenous ___ → ___ arteriovenosa;
biliary ___ → ___ biliar.