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inosculate

[in-os-kyuh-leyt] /ɪnˈɒs kyəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), inosculated, inosculating.
1.
to unite by openings, as arteries in anastomosis.
2.
to connect or join so as to become or make continuous, as fibers; blend.
3.
to unite intimately.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; in-2 + osculate
Related forms
inosculation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for in-osculation

inosculate

/ɪnˈɒskjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(physiol) (of small blood vessels) to communicate by anastomosis
2.
to unite or be united so as to be continuous; blend
3.
to intertwine or cause to intertwine
Derived Forms
inosculation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from in-² + Latin ōsculāre to equip with an opening, from ōsculum, diminutive of ōs mouth
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in-osculation in Medicine

inosculate in·os·cu·late (ĭn-ŏs'kyə-lāt')
v. in·os·cu·lat·ed, in·os·cu·lat·ing, in·os·cu·lates

  1. To unite parts such as blood vessels, nerve fibers, or ducts by small openings.

  2. To unite so as to be continuous; blend.

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