from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An abnormal connection or passageway between organs or vessels that normally do not connect.
- n. A tube, a pipe, or a hole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A reed; a pipe.
- n. A pipe for convejing water.
- n. A permanent abnormal opening into the soft parts with a constant discharge; a deep, narrow, chronic abscess; an abnormal opening between an internal cavity and another cavity or the surface
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reed; a pipe; a wind-instrument of music.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, same as calamus, 4.
- n. In pathology, a narrow passage or duct, formed by disease or injury, leading from an abscess to a free surface, or furnishing an abnormal means of egress from some normal cavity, as in vesicovaginal fistula.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of polyps.
- n. A tube or pipe which normally connects some internal part or organ of an animal with the surrounding air or water, as the trachea of an insect or the blow-hole of a whale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abnormal passage leading from a suppurating cavity to the body surface
- n. a chronic inflammation of the withers of a horse
The risk for fistula is compounded among young women who are married and give birth in their teens - in Niger, half of all girls are married by age 15.
Doctors here specialize in fistula operation and women travel here from far and wide for a cure.
_ -- The word fistula is applied to any ulcerous lesion upon the external surface of the body which is connected by ducts, or passages, with some internal cavity.
The word "fistula" - Latin for reed or pipe - is generally used to describe an abnormal opening or sinus that can cause such atrocities as a rectum connected to the bladder or to the urethra or to the vagina.
She has what is called a fistula: now all her urine and feces leak in a long incontinent streak from her vagina.
There is also a devastating epidemic of women and girls whose vaginas and reproductive organs have been completely destroyed from being violated with guns, bottles and sticks, often resulting in a condition called fistula, a rupture that results in the uncontrollable leakage of urine and feces.
Many women have developed tears in the lining of their vaginas, called fistula, which cause incontinence of urine or feces.
PESCA: Coming up, a documentary about a condition in women called fistula and the stigma it creates and the women who fight against it.
As such, the nephrologists usually have a chance to prepare them for dialysis both mentally (dietary restrictions and such) and physically (surgical creation of a connection between an artery and a vein in an arm, called a fistula, into which needles can be inserted to allow the machine access to the blood stream.)
Typically, a fistula occurs when a physically immature teenage girl tries to give birth, and the baby gets stuck.