verb (used with object), verb (used without object), anastomosed, anastomosing. Physiology, Anatomy, Geology.
to communicate or connect by anastomosis.

1690–1700; back formation from anastomosis Unabridged


noun, plural anastomoses [uh-nas-tuh-moh-seez] .
Anatomy. communication between blood vessels by means of collateral channels, especially when usual routes are obstructed.
Biology, Geology. connection between parts of any branching system, as veinlets in a leaf or branches of a stream.
Surgery, Pathology. a joining of or opening between two organs or spaces that normally are not connected.

1605–15; < Neo-Latin < Greek: opening. See ana-, stoma, -osis

anastomotic [uh-nas-tuh-mot-ik] , adjective Unabridged
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anastomose (əˈnæstəˌməʊz)
to join (two parts of a blood vessel, etc) by anastomosis

anastomosis (əˌnæstəˈməʊsɪs)
n , pl -ses
1.  a natural connection between two tubular structures, such as blood vessels
2.  the surgical union of two hollow organs or parts that are normally separate
3.  the separation and rejoining in a reticulate pattern of the veins of a leaf or of branches
[C16: via New Latin from Greek: opening, from anastomoun to equip with a mouth, from stoma mouth]

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1610s, Mod.L., from Gk. anastomosis "outlet, opening," from anastomoein "to furnish with a mouth," from stoma "mouth" (see stoma).
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anastomose a·nas·to·mose (ə-nās'tə-mōz', -mōs')
v. a·nas·to·mosed, a·nas·to·mos·es, a·nas·to·mos·ing

  1. To join by anastomosis.

  2. To be connected by anastomosis.

anastomosis a·nas·to·mo·sis (ə-nās'tə-mō'sĭs)
n. pl. a·nas·to·mo·ses (-sēz)

  1. The direct or indirect connection of separate parts of a branching system to form a network, especially among blood vessels.

  2. The surgical connection of separate or severed tubular hollow organs to form a continuous channel as between two parts of the intestine.

  3. An opening created by surgery, trauma, or disease between two or more normally separate spaces or organs.

a·nas'to·mot'ic (-mŏt'ĭk) adj.
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