Definition of anastomose in English:


intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Medicine
    Be linked by anastomosis.

    ‘adjacent veins may anastomose’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A tubular testis, which appears to be anastomosing, characterizes the primitive sarcopterygian and the coelacanth.’
    1. 1.1usually be anastomosedwith 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.’



/əˈnastəˌmōz/ /əˈnæstəˌmoʊz/


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