Glossary of Medical Terms

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An emergency passage or communication, generally between two inside organs or leading from an inside organ to the surface of the body. Frequently designated according to the organs or parts with which it communicates, as anovaginal, brochocutaneous, hepatopleural, pulmonoperitoneal, rectovaginal, urethrovaginal and the like. Such passages are frequently created experimentally for the purpose of obtaining body secretions for physiologic study. Origin: L. Fistula = pipe This entry appears with alow from the Vocabulary of Cell and Molecular Biology
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