Spatulate

spatulate

1. Shaped like a spatula.

2. To manipulate or mix with a spatula.

3. To incise the cut end of a tubular structure longitudinally and splay it open, to allow creation of an elliptical anastomosis of greater circumference than would be possible with conventional transverse or oblique (bevelled) end-to-end anastomoses.

Synonym: spatulated.

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