collateral circulation

collateral circulation

noun
circulation of blood through a network of minor vessels that become enlarged and joined with adjacent vessels when a major vein or artery is impaired, as by obstruction.

Origin:
1875–80

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collateral circulation n.
Circulation maintained in small anastomosing vessels when the main artery is obstructed.

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