Definition of fistula in US English:



  • An abnormal or surgically made passage between a hollow or tubular organ and the body surface, or between two hollow or tubular organs.

    • ‘Subsequent inflammation may result in a fistula between these structures and the passage of a gall stone into the bowel.’
    • ‘He underwent surgical repair of an enterovesical fistula.’
    • ‘Disease may also include chest wall invasion, with bony erosion, and draining cutaneous fistulas.’
    • ‘However, if a serious duct injury is present, a chronic fistula may develop and require surgical intervention.’
    • ‘The patient in this case study has a fistula in a concave area near his gastrostomy tube.’
    tube, conduit, hose, main, duct, line, channel, canal, conveyor, pipeline, drain, tubing, piping, siphon, cylinder
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Late Middle English: from Latin, ‘pipe, flute, fistula’. Compare with fester.