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inosculation (plural inosculations)

  1. The junction or connection of vessels, channels, or passages, so that their contents pass from one to the other; union by mouths or ducts; intercommunication.
    inosculation of veins
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species:
      The wide difference of the fish on opposite sides of continuous mountain-ranges, which from an early period must have parted river-systems and completely prevented their inosculation, seems to lead to this same conclusion.
    • 1691, John Ray, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation. [], London: [] Samuel Smith, [], OCLC 1179804186:
      The Spermatick Veins do more than equal the length of the Arteries of the Testes in Men ; their various divisions and several inosculations , and their valves are admirably contrived to suspend the weight of the Blood []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inosculation in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)