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Related to branchial: Branchial cleft cyst, branchial fistula, Branchial cyst, branchial sinus, branchial apparatus
pertaining to, or resembling, gills of a fish or derivatives of homologous parts in higher animals.
branchial cyst a cyst formed deep within the neck from an incompletely closed pharyngeal groove (branchial cleft), usually between the second and third pharyngeal arches (branchial arches). These two arches grow together and enclose the cervical sinus in the neck, which is a common site of a branchial cyst. Called also branchiogenic or branchiogenous cyst.
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1. Relating to branchiae or gills (for example, in fish).
2. In human embryology, denoting the various structures constituting the pharyngeal apparatus.
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Of, relating to, or resembling the gills of a fish, their homologous embryonic structures, or the derivatives of their homologous parts in mammals: branchial muscles.
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branchialadjective Pertaining to branchiae or gills.
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