anastomosis

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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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