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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

(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

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

(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]
References in classic literature ?
The children danced about with their beautiful playthings; no one looked at the Tree except the old nurse, who peeped between the branches; but it was only to see if there was a fig or an apple left that had been forgotten.
They snuffed about the Fir Tree, and rustled among the branches.
Instead, it stood a few paces from the tree watching the ape-man clamber out of the maze of fallen branches.
He might have taken to the higher branches of the trees upon the opposite side, for Sheeta cannot climb to the heights to which the ape-man can go; but something, a spirit of bravado perhaps, prompted him to approach the panther as though to discover if any feeling of gratitude would prompt the beast to friendliness.
My eyes chanced to light upon the enormous gnarled trunk of the gingko tree which cast its huge branches over us.
I caught a glimpse of a hairy body like that of a reddish pig, and then it was gone amid a swirl of leaves and branches.
From time to time, he thought he saw her behind the trunk of a tree, or gliding between the branches; and he called to her with words of supplication that brought the tears to my eyes.
I did indeed try for a moment to break off the branches, which I would have lit with my dark lantern, but I knocked myself also against the mirrors and remembered, in time, that we had only images of branches to do with.
The few seconds of grace that this gave me found me safely lodged in the branches of a tree a few paces from that in which Perry had at last found a haven.
He had hardly spoken when a shower of nuts and twigs spattered down through the branches; and they could hear coughings and howlings and angry jumpings high up in the air among the thin branches.
Now she sat upon a high branch, safe out of harm's way, cuddling the little thing close to her hairy breast, the while her savage little eyes bored down upon the contestants in the clearing, and her ferocious voice urged Taug and the other bulls to leap into the melee.
He broke off twigs and small branches and flung them down upon our enemies.