pl. -·las or -·lae·
- Rare a pipe or tube
- an abnormal passage from an abscess, cavity, or hollow organ to the skin or to another abscess, cavity, or organ
Origin of fistulaMiddle English ; from Old French ; from L, a pipe, ulcer
nounpl. fis·tu·las or fis·tu·lae
An abnormal 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.
Origin of fistulaMiddle English, from Latin.
(plural fistulas or fistulae or fistulæ)
- (medicine): The skin is regarded as an organ, so the definition includes the abnormal connection of an intenal organ to the body's exterior (as in, for example, enterocutaneous fistulas).
- Sometimes, a fistula will be intentionally created; for example, an arteriovenous fistula is sometimes created to ease the treatment of a patient with end stage renal failure.
OriginSee also: fístula
From Latin fistula (“pipe, ulcer, catheter”), from findō (“cleave, divide, split”).