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Fistula

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Definition

noun, plural: fistulae

(1) (pathology) A narrow passage or communication formed between internal organs or from the internal organ to the surface, as a result of a disease, congenital disorder, or injury

(2) (surgery) Opening surgically formed into a hollow organ, for drainage


Supplement

Fistulae may form in various parts of the body and are named based on the organ or parts involved:


Word origin: Latin fistula (pipe, ulcer)

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