Dictionary > Fistula


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
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)

Related term(s):

  • Mann-bollman fistula
  • Horseshoe fistula
  • Fistula test
  • Fistula knife

    You will also like...

    Golgi apparatus (3-D illustration)
    Role of Golgi Apparatus & Endoplasmic Reticulum in Protein Synthesis

    The endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus are the organelles involved in the translation step of protein synthesis a..

    Biosecurity and Biocontrol
    Biosecurity and Biocontrol

    This lesson explores the impact of biosecurity threats, and why they need to be identified and managed. Examples to incl..

    Evolution of Life - Ancient Earth
    Evolution of Life – Ancient Earth

    Autotrophs flourished, absorbing carbon and light. Soon after, primitive life forms that could assimilate oxygen thrived..

    Still Water Animals
    Still Water Animals

    Animals living in aquatic habitats have diversified and evolved through time. They eventually occupy ecological niches a..

    Biological Cell schematic diagram
    Biological Cell Introduction

    It only takes one biological cell to create an organism. A single cell is able to keep itself functional through its 'mi..

    Pink Lotus plant on a pond
    Freshwater Lentic Communities & Animals

    This tutorial looks at some of the communities in freshwater lentic habitats. For instance, symbiosis occurs in a commun..