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branch

 [branch]
a division or offshoot from a main stem, especially of blood vessels, nerves, or lymphatics. Called also ramus.
bundle branch a branch of the bundle of His.

branch

(branch), [TA]
An offshoot; in anatomy, one of the primary divisions of a nerve or blood vessel. A branch. See: ramus, artery, nerve, vein.
Synonym(s): ramus (1) [TA]

branch

(branch) ramus; a division or offshoot from a main stem, especially of blood vessels, nerves, or lymphatics.
bundle branch  a branch of the bundle of His.

branch

(brănch)
n.
Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:
a. A secondary outgrowth or subdivision of a main axis, such as the tine of a deer's antlers.
b. Anatomy An offshoot or a division of the main portion of a structure, especially that of a nerve, blood vessel, or lymphatic vessel; a ramus.
v. branched, branching, branches
v.intr.
To put forth a branch or branches; spread by dividing.

branch′less adj.
branch′y adj.

branch

(in anatomy) an offshoot arising from the main trunk of a nerve or blood vessel.

branch

A division of a thing into smaller subunits, which remain connected to the original whole in a tree-like, arborescing fashion. Branching is typical of anatomic structures that divide the further they are from their origin—e.g., arterioles, venules, bronchioles and nerves.

branch

(branch)
An offshoot; in anatomy, one of the primary divisions of a nerve or blood vessel.
See: ramus, artery, nerve, vein
Synonym(s): ramus (1) .
[Fr. branche, related to L. brachium, arm]

branch

primary division of nerve/blood vessel (see ramus)

branch

(branch)
[TA] An offshoot; in anatomy, one of the primary divisions of a nerve or blood vessel.
See: ramus, artery, nerve, vein
[Fr. branche, related to L. brachium, arm]

branch

1. ramus; a division or offshoot from a main stem, especially of blood vessels, nerves or lymphatics.
2. the bearing surface of the horseshoe that supports the wall of the hoof. There is a lateral and a medial branch.

bundle branch
a branch of the bundle of His.
communicating gray branch
postganglionic nerve fibers coursing between the sympathetic ganglia and the spinal nerves; destined for skin glands, blood vessels and the like; join spinal and cranial nerves.
communicating white branch
preganglionic fibers of the sympathetic system originate in the lateral columns of the spinal cord and pass to the spinal nerves and then, via the communicating white fibers, to the ganglia of the sympathetic trunk.
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I made him touch the mirrors and the iron tree and the branches and explained to him, by optical laws, all the luminous imagery by which we were surrounded and of which we need not allow ourselves to be the victims, like ordinary, ignorant people.
Yes, and throw branches and dirt at old Baloo," Mowgli went on.
The governor, who is the executive magistrate, is appointed by the legislature; is chancellor and ordinary, or surrogate of the State; is a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals, and president, with a casting vote, of one of the legislative branches.
Sometimes he takes the she with him and high among the branches divests her of the things he wishes to bring home to Meriem.
Kiouni, resuming his rapid gait, soon descended the lower spurs of the Vindhias, and towards noon they passed by the village of Kallenger, on the Cani, one of the branches of the Ganges.
Something in this sort of style,' he replied, and at the same moment to my horror he slipped sideways off the rocks and, as I then thought, by good fortune merely, alighted among the spreading branches of a species of palm tree, that shooting its hardy roots along a ledge below, curved its trunk upwards into the air, and presented a thick mass of foliage about twenty feet below the spot where we had thus suddenly been brought to a standstill.
My eyes chanced to light upon the enormous gnarled trunk of the gingko tree which cast its huge branches over us.
He walked up to another tree, as he spoke, but its branches immediately seized him and tossed him back again.
As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret, he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup; and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say.
But what caught my most interested attention at the moment that the sun's rays set the cliff's face a-shimmer, was the several black spots which now appeared quite plainly in evidence high across the gorgeous wall close to the forest's top, and extending apparently below and behind the branches.
The younger and lighter members of his tribe scampered to the higher branches of the great trees to escape his wrath; risking their lives upon branches that scarce supported their weight rather than face old Kerchak in one of his fits of uncontrolled anger.
Through a little hole in the wall the children had crept in, and they were sitting in the branches of the trees.

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