Definition of anastomose in English:


Pronunciation: /əˈnastəˌmōz//əˈnastəˌmōs/


[NO OBJECT]Medicine
  • 1 Be linked by anastomosis.

    ‘adjacent veins may anastomose’
    • ‘Using an operating microscope, the cut and often fibrosed ends of the vas deferens are dissected free from surrounding tissue and anastomosed using fine nylon sutures to re-establish patency.’
    • ‘The algal structure is a tightly packed series of anastomosing, rounded, irregular ridges rising from a thin layer.’
    • ‘The most prominent fault types consist of anastomosing fault strands.’
    • ‘The distal antrum and the second portion of the duodenum were then anastomosed in a Billroth I - type gastroduodenostomy.’
    • ‘A tubular testis, which appears to be anastomosing, characterizes the primitive sarcopterygian and the coelacanth.’
    1. 1.1usually be anastomosed[with object] Link by anastomosis.
      ‘the graft is anastomosed to the vein of the recipient’
      • ‘To ensure flow of oxygenated blood to the systemic circulation by anastomosing the pulmonary artery to the hypoplastic ascending aorta.’
      • ‘The duplicated colon, which emptied into the vagina, was anastomosed to the normal colon at the level of the sigmoid colon.’
      • ‘At age 4, a left systemic-to-pulmonary fistula was performed, using a tubular prosthesis to anastomose the left subclavian artery to the left pulmonary artery.’
      • ‘In the procedure, the upper small intestine was anastomosed to the lower small intestine in an attempt to bypass much of the absorptive circuit.’
      • ‘The main pulmonary artery is divided and anastomosed to the hypoplastic ascending aorta.’


Late 17th century: coined in French from Greek anastomōsis (see anastomosis).