inosculation

inosculate

[in-os-kyuh-leyt]
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:
1665–75; in-2 + osculate

inosculation, noun
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inosculate (ɪnˈɒskjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
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
 
[C17: from in-² + Latin ōsculāre to equip with an opening, from ōsculum, diminutive of ōs mouth]
 
inoscu'lation
 
n

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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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