Fistula vs Fistulose - What's the difference?

fistula | fistulose |

As a noun fistula

is (medicine) an abnormal connection or passageway between organs or vessels that normally do not connect.

As an adjective fistulose is

formed like a fistula; hollow; reed-like.



Alternative forms

* fistule


  • (medicine) An abnormal connection or passageway between organs or vessels that normally do not connect.
  • * 1903 , William Rice Pryor, Gynæcology , page 113
  • Small fistulæ are to be closed bilaterally in an antero-posterior line
  • * 1917 , Louis Adolph Merillat, Fistula of the Withers and Poll-Evil , page 5
  • There are several reasons why a manual on this disease should be a part of the veterinary literature of the day, the chief one being that fistula of the withers is a very prevalent disease of horses and thus exacts a big toll from the horse industry.
  • * 1998', Scott Fisher, ''Enterocutaneous '''Fistulas'' , in Theodore J. Saclarides, Keith W. Millikan (editors), ''Common Surgical Diseases: An Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving , page 164,
  • Fistulas' are abnormal communications between two epithelialized surfaces. The causes of enterocutaneous '''fistulas''' can be remembered using the mnemonic FRIEND: '''F'''oreign body, '''R'''adiation, '''I'''nflammation/Infection/Inflammatory bowel disease, '''E'''pithelialization, '''N'''eoplasm, and '''D'''istal obstruction. Fifteen to twenty-five percent of enterocutaneous ' fistulas arise spontaneously as in, for example, Crohn's disease or cancer.
  • * 2008 , Sylvia Escott-Stump, Nutrition and Diagnosis-related Care , page 405
  • An intestinal fistula is an unwanted pathway from intestines to other organs (e.g., the bladder).
  • (rare) A tube, a pipe, or a hole.
  • Usage notes

    * (medicine) The skin is regarded as an organ, so the definition includes the abnormal connection of an intenal organ to the body's exterior (as in, for example, enterocutaneous fistulas). * Sometimes, a fistula will be intentionally created; for example, an is sometimes created to ease the treatment of a patient with end stage renal failure.


    * (tube) pipe, tube

    Derived terms

    * fistular * fistulous




    (en adjective)
  • Formed like a fistula; hollow; reed-like.
  • (Craig)
    (Webster 1913)