Definition of fistula in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɪstjʊlə/

noun (plural fistulas or fistulae /ˈfɪstjʊliː/)

An abnormal or surgically made passage between a hollow or tubular organ and the body surface, or between two hollow or tubular organs.
Example sentences
  • However, if a serious duct injury is present, a chronic fistula may develop and require surgical intervention.
  • The patient in this case study has a fistula in a concave area near his gastrostomy tube.
  • Disease may also include chest wall invasion, with bony erosion, and draining cutaneous fistulas.



Pronunciation: /ˈfɪstjʊlə/
Example sentences
  • Infliximab is used to achieve clinical improvement and induce remission in patients with moderate-to-severe luminal and fistular CD refractory to other treatments.


Example sentences
  • A small recent fistula may heal spontaneously if urine is diverted from the fistulous tract.
  • Histologic examination of the biopsy tissue revealed skin overlying a fistulous space with a papillary surface.
  • The effusion is often large and recurrent, arising from a fistulous tract between the pancreas and the pleural cavity, with or without pseudocyst formation.


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'pipe, flute, fistula'. Compare with fester.

Words that rhyme with fistula


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