- interconnection between blood vessels, nerves, veins in a leaf, channels of a river, etc.
- a surgical joining of one hollow or tubular organ to another, as of the severed ends of the intestine after resection, or of two nerves
Origin of anastomosisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek anastom?sis, opening ; from ana-, again + stomoein, to provide with a mouth ; from stoma, mouth
- The connection of separate parts of a branching system to form a network, as of leaf veins, blood vessels, or a river and its branches.
- Medicine The surgical connection of separate or severed tubular hollow organs to form a continuous channel, as between two parts of the intestine.
Origin of anastomosisLate Latin anastom&omacron;sis, from Greek, outlet, from anastomoun, to furnish with a mouth : ana-, ana- + stoma, mouth.
From Ancient Greek ἀναστόμωσις (anastomōsis), from ἀναστομόω (anastomoō, “furnish with a mouth or outlet”).