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əˌnæs təˈmoʊ sɪsanas·to·mo·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anastomosis, inosculationnoun

    a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous


  1. anastomosisnoun

    a cross-connection between two blood vessels

  2. anastomosisnoun

    an interconnection between any two channels, passages or vessels

  3. anastomosisnoun

    the surgical creation of a connecting passage between blood-vessels or other channels

  4. Etymology: From ἀναστόμωσις, from ἀναστομόω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    The inosculation of vessels, or the opening of one vessel into another; as, of the arteries into the veins.

    Etymology: from ἀνὰ and στὸμα.


  1. Anastomosis

    An anastomosis (, plural anastomoses) is a connection or opening between two things (especially cavities or passages) that are normally diverging or branching, such as between blood vessels, leaf veins, or streams. Such a connection may be normal (such as the foramen ovale in a fetus's heart) or abnormal (such as the patent foramen ovale in an adult's heart); it may be acquired (such as an arteriovenous fistula) or innate (such as the arteriovenous shunt of a metarteriole); and it may be natural (such as the aforementioned examples) or artificial (such as a surgical anastomosis). The reestablishment of an anastomosis that had become blocked is called a reanastomosis. Anastomoses that are abnormal, whether congenital or acquired, are often called fistulas. The term is used in medicine, biology, mycology, geology, and geography.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anastomosisnoun

    the inosculation of vessels, or intercommunication between two or more vessels or nerves, as the cross communication between arteries or veins

  2. Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. opening, fr. to furnish with a mouth or opening, to open; + mouth: cf. F. anastomose.]


  1. Anastomosis

    An anastomosis is the reconnection of two streams that previously branched out, such as blood vessels or leaf veins. The term is used in medicine, biology, mycology, geology, geography and architecture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anastomosis

    an-as-to-mō′sis, n. the union or intercommunication of vessels with each other, as seen in the junction of the branches of the arteries.—v.i. Anas′tomose, to communicate in such a way.—adj. Anastomot′ic.


  1. Anastomosis

    a running together; usually applied to wing veins, often to markings; sometimes used like stigma, q.v.; also in Neuroptera, a series of cross-veinlets nearly in one row; a connecting series of veinlets.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anastomosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anastomosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    (law) the act of substituting of one creditor for another
    • A. subrogation
    • B. epiphora
    • C. callathump
    • D. confrere

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