Definition of fistula in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfisCH(ə)lə/ /ˈfɪstʃ(ə)lə/

nounfistulas, fistulae

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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Disease may also include chest wall invasion, with bony erosion, and draining cutaneous fistulas.’
    • ‘He underwent surgical repair of an enterovesical fistula.’
    • ‘Subsequent inflammation may result in a fistula between these structures and the passage of a gall stone into the bowel.’
    tube, conduit, hose, main, duct, line, channel, canal, conveyor, pipeline, drain, tubing, piping, siphon, cylinder


Late Middle English from Latin, ‘pipe, flute, fistula’. Compare with fester.