nounWord forms: plural aˌnastoˈmoˌses (əˌnæstəmoʊˌsiz
interconnection between blood vessels, nerves
, veins in a leaf, channels
of a river, etc.
a surgical joining
of one hollow or tubular organ to another, as of the severed
ends of the intestine
after resection, or of two nerves
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Word origin of 'anastomosis'ModL < Gr anastomōsis, opening < ana-, again + stomoein, to provide with a mouth < stoma, mouth