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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
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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.
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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Only the robust australopithecines--which died out about 1 million years ago--show clear anatomical signs of having branched off the main stem of hominid evolution, Thorne holds.
The fossil record shows that these creatures' common ancestor, a small, deerlike animal, branched off from nonruminants 40 million years ago by developing the rumen, a stomach chamber that holds cellulose-chomping bacteria.
Traditionally, morphologists though Neomylodon had branched off long before the two living sloth species developed.
Interconnected channels and sinkholes branched off from the water supply system and reached the surface, providing ventilation for tunnelers.
If Ouranopithecus is a direct forerunner of hominids, then it may have branched off from African gorillas and chimpanzees around 12 million years ago, the researchers suggest in the June 21 NATURE.

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