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ramification

[ram-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌræm ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of ramifying.
2.
a branch:
ramifications of a nerve.
3.
a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication:
The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
4.
Botany.
  1. a structure formed of branches.
  2. a configuration of branching parts.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Middle French < Medieval Latin rāmificāt(us) (past participle of rāmificāre to ramify) + Middle French -ion -ion
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Examples for ramifications
  • He marshals an astonishing amount of evidence about the ever-widening ramifications of the standardization movement.
  • The authors carefully avoided the political ramifications of their study.
  • The political ramifications of the census are huge as well.
  • The ramifications for the marine environment will no doubt be felt for decades to come.
  • Whether long-term warming is truly happening is a serious question whose ramifications have not been adequately investigated.
  • In truth, the ramifications of that victory would require two decades to play out.
  • There have also been some interesting ramifications of the eruption.
  • For the players, its ramifications weren't easy to accept, either.
  • The ramifications of this were clear in my own university and department.
  • The skirmish may appear small, but it has important ramifications.
British Dictionary definitions for ramifications

ramification

/ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of ramifying or branching out
2.
an offshoot or subdivision
3.
(often pl) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
4.
a structure of branching parts
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Word Origin and History for ramifications

ramification

n.

1670s, "a branching out," from French ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transferred sense of "outgrowth, consequence" first recorded 1755. Related: Ramifications.

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ramifications in Medicine

ramification ram·i·fi·ca·tion (rām'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
A branching shape or arrangement.

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