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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]
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Axis length, internode length, axis diameter (correlated with the first axis; r > 0.7) and branchlet length, and the number of axis nodes and of side branches (correlated with the second axis; r > 0.6) were the features primarily responsible for the variance observed.
Tetrasporangia spherical, 66-69 [micro]m in diam., tetrahedrally divided, one per segment, in spiral series on superior branchlets. Cystocarps urn-shaped or globose, 160-170 [micro]m in diam.
The second axis (eigenvalue = 0.55) was negatively correlated with foliage area (r = -0.91, P < 0.001) and positively with number of leaves (r = 0.86, P < 0.001) and branchlets (r = 0.61, P < 0.05).
Many branchlets will grow of which about two to three shoots are selected on each branch for grafting and producing new varieties and rest removed.
SELECTED CULTIVARS: 'Aureo-variegata'--Yellow variegation at tips of branchlets. 'Glauca'--Lower growing form with thinner leaves; more refined.
Slender branchlets are suitable for line material in small arrangements.
The very inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers are arranged singly on the lower parts of the young shoots or at the tips of very short branchlets borne at the end of the previous year's shoots.
However, to assure that similar foliage units were sampled in each treatment, we recorded number of branches per shrub, branchlets per branch (for one randomly selected branch per shrub), leaves per branchlet (for three branchlets per shrub) and average length of 10 leaves.
The fern branchlets thus formed are referred to in this study as lateral ferns.
Peattie said it excels at that use because it grows thick-set (a gardening term) with zig-zag branchlets to the ground and scattered thorns, and is hardy in extreme weather, such as drought, heat and wind.
In August 1988, six randomly selected 3-yr-old branchlets were sampled from three trees per treatment.