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ballooning

A descriptive term for the biconcave compression of the end-plate of a vertebral body caused by increased pressure in the intervertebral discs, usually in the lumbar spine, which may be seen in osteoporosis.

ballooning

Imaging A term for the biconcave compression of the end-plate of a vertebral body, caused by ↑ pressure in the intervertebral discs, usually in the lumbar spine, which may be seen in osteoporosis. Cf Fish vertebrae.
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Five of the 14 abundant ballooner species live primarily on coniferous tree foliage; presumably ballooning is a highly adaptive alternative to crawling for reaching other trees.
Our finding of high rates of ballooner immigration has important implications for spider population dynamics in habitats where this factor is difficult to measure, and has accordingly been ignored or greatly underestimated.
Nondispersing stages were generally absent, indicating that most arriving ballooners did not survive long.
This research has shown that simulating ballooners has potential.