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Definition of "anastomosis" [a•nas•to•mo•sis]

  • The connection of separate parts of a branching system to form a network, as of leaf veins, blood vessels, or a river and its branches. (noun)
  • Medicine The surgical connection of separate or severed tubular hollow organs to form a continuous channel, as between two parts of the intestine. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "anastomosis" in a sentence
  • "The anastomosis is performed with round, straight Kirby needles."
  • "The latero-lateral anastomosis is performed by placing two vessels parallel to one another and opening them longitudinally by incision or resection of an elliptic flap."
  • "The termino-terminal anastomosis is effected by bringing the extremities of the vessels into contact, no traction being necessary."