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. (noun)
Examples of word fistula
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.