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Neat word: Anastomosis

June 4, 2012

The other day I came across this word when I was searching for something completely unrelated on the Web of Science.


  1. a natural connection between two tubular structures, such as blood vessels
  2. the surgical union of two hollow organs or parts that are normally separate
  3. the separation and rejoining in a reticulate pattern of the veins of a leaf or of branches

– From the World English Dictionary

So this is a leaf with lots of anastomoses:

Courtesy Wikipedia

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