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anastomotic branch


Definition: a blood vessel that interconnects two neighboring vessels. [anat. usage note The term should not be used to describe internerve communication in the nervous system, because there is no analogy between a vascular anastomosing branch and a connection between nerves or their subdivisions].

Synonym(s): ramus anastomoticusTA

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