• WordNet 3.6
    • n anastomosis a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anastomosis (Anat. & Bot) The inosculation of vessels, or intercommunication between two or more vessels or nerves, as the cross communication between arteries or veins.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anastomosis In zoology and anatomy, the union, intercommunication, or inosculation of vessels of any system with one another, or with vessels of another system, as the arteries, veins, and lymphatics. In surgery, after ligation of an artery, collateral circulation is established by arterial anastomosis.
    • n anastomosis The interlacing or network of any branched system, as the veins of leaves or the nervures of insects' wings. See cut under venation.
    • n anastomosis In surgery, the establishment of communication between two canals or two portions of the same canal, usually the digestive tract, not previously in continuity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anastomosis an-as-to-mō′sis the union or intercommunication of vessels with each other, as seen in the junction of the branches of the arteries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. opening, fr. to furnish with a mouth or opening, to open; + mouth: cf. F. anastomose,


In literature:

Where the anastomosis is less free the process is more prolonged.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Anastomosis: a running together; usually applied to wing veins, often to markings; sometimes used like stigma, q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
In the smaller vessels a frequent running together, or anastomosis, occurs.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
By means of anastomosis, if the course of a fluid is arrested in one vessel it can proceed along others.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various

In news:

The patient is a 70-year-old male, status-post laparoscopic-assisted colon resection for recurrent tumor at a previous ileocolic anastomosis.