stomato-, stomat-, stom-, -stoma, -stomatous, -stomous, -stome, -stomy, -ostomy, -ostome,

(Greek: mouth, opening; orifice)

anastomosis (s), anastomoses (pl); anastamosis (a common misspelling)
1. The stitching of one vessel to another without leaks.
2. The connection or communication between two tubular organs of normally separate parts or spaces so they intercommunicate.
3. The connection or place of connection of two or more parts of a natural branching system; for example, of blood vessels, leaf veins, stems of woody plants, or rivers.
4. The surgical union of two hollow organs: such as, blood vessels or parts of the intestine, to ensure continuity of the passageways.

An anastomosis may be naturally occurring or artificially constructed and be created during the process of embryonic development or by surgery, trauma, or pathological means.

For example, an anastomosis may connect two blood vessels (as in a naturally occurring arteriovenous anastomosis, a connection between an artery and a vein) or it may connect the healthy sections of the colon or rectum after a cancerous or otherwise diseased portion has been surgically removed.

A gastrojejunal anastomosis connects the stomach directly with the jejunum or part of the small intestine.

The term anastomosis comes from Greek. It originally referred to an opening or junction through a mouth as of one body of water with another.

Anastomosis has been in medical usage since the Greek physician Galen (129-200 A.D.) used it to describe the interconnections between blood vessels.

anastomotic
A reference to surgical, traumatic, or pathologic formation of a connection between two normally distinct structures.
angiostomatous
angiostomy
1. The making of an opening into a blood vessel.
2. The opening that was made.
bronchostomy
cavernostomy
A surgical procedure in which a body cavity is opened, usually to provide drainage, as in the case of a lung abscess.
cecocolostomy
cecostomy
cholecystenterostomy
cholecystgastrostomy
cholecystogastrostomy
choledochocholedochostomy
A medical operation joining the divided parts of the common bile duct.
choledochoduodenostomy
The surgical formation of a passage between the common bile duc and the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine, just below the stomach).
choledochoenterostomy
1. Establishing a communication, other than the natural one, between the common bile duct and a part of the intestine.
2. The surgical formation of a passage between the common bile duct and the small intestine.
choledochogastrostomy
A surgical procedure to create an opening between the common bile duct and the stomach.

It may also result spontaneously from trauma, neoplasm (abnormal new mass of tissue), or an inflammatory disease, but such occurrences are rare.

A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, indirectly, or partially with: "opening, hole, cavity, tract": alveolo-; antro-; anu-; celo-; coelio-; concho-; fenestra-; hernio-; hiat-; meato-; ora-; parieto-; poro-; pyl-, pyle-; pylor-; sphinctero-; splanchn-; syringo-; uretero-; urethro-; vagino-; ventricul-.