inferior branch

in·fe·ri·or branch

a branch that is directed downward (caudally) or that is lowly placed, usually in contrast with another branch (superior branch), which is directed upward (rostrally) or is highly placed. Terminologia Anatomica lists inferior branches of the oculomotor nerve (CN III), the superior gluteal artery, and the transverse cervical nerve.
Synonym(s): ramus inferior [TA]
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Entitled "The Two Cultures", it warned of the growing gulf between scientists and "literary intellectuals", a class he described as "natural Luddites" who not only sneered at science as an inferior branch of learning and were ignorant of the Second Law of Thermodynamics but in their complacent uninterest in the scientific revolution were blind to the menaces of nuclear weapons, overpopulation and the gap between the rich and poor.
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