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parabiosis

[par-uh-bahy-oh-sis, -bee-] /ˌpær ə baɪˈoʊ sɪs, -bi-/
noun, Biology
1.
experimental or natural union of two individuals with exchange of blood.
2.
Physiology. the temporary loss of conductivity or excitability of a nerve cell.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; para-1 + -biosis
Related forms
parabiotic
[par-uh-bahy-ot-ik, -bee-] /ˌpær ə baɪˈɒt ɪk, -bi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for para-biotic

parabiosis

/ˌpærəbaɪˈəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
the natural union of two individuals, such as Siamese twins, so that they share a common circulation of the blood
2.
a similar union induced for experimental or therapeutic purposes
Derived Forms
parabiotic (ˌpærəbaɪˈɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from para-1 + Greek biōsis manner of life, from bios life
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para-biotic in Medicine

parabiosis par·a·bi·o·sis (pār'ə-bī-ō'sĭs)
n.

  1. The fusion of whole eggs or embryos, as occurs in conjoined twins.

  2. Surgical joining of the vascular systems of two organisms.


par'a·bi·ot'ic (-ŏt'ĭk) adj.
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