Branchial clefts
Branchial Bran"chi*al, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to branchi[ae] or gills. [1913 Webster]

{Branchial arches}, the bony or cartilaginous arches which support the gills on each side of the throat of fishes and amphibians. See Illustration in Appendix.

{Branchial clefts}, the openings between the branchial arches through which water passes. [1913 Webster]


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  • Branchial clefts — Cleft Cleft, n. [OE. clift; cf. Sw. klyft cave, den, Icel. kluft cleft, Dan. kl[ o]ft, G. kluft. See {Cleave} to split and cf. 2d {Clift}, 1st {Clough}.] 1. A space or opening made by splitting; a crack; a crevice; as, the cleft of a rock. Is. ii …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • branchial clefts — 1. the slitlike openings in the gills of fishes, formed between the branchial arches. 2. pharyngeal grooves …   Medical dictionary

  • Branchial — Bran chi*al, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to branchi[ae] or gills. [1913 Webster] {Branchial arches}, the bony or cartilaginous arches which support the gills on each side of the throat of fishes and amphibians. See Illustration in Appendix.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Branchial arches — Branchial Bran chi*al, a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to branchi[ae] or gills. [1913 Webster] {Branchial arches}, the bony or cartilaginous arches which support the gills on each side of the throat of fishes and amphibians. See Illustration in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • branchial groove — Embryol. one of a series of rudimentary depressions on the surface of the embryo between adjacent branchial arches, homologous to the branchial clefts of gill breathing ancestral forms. Also called visceral groove. * * * …   Universalium

  • branchial pouch — noun : one of the respiratory cavities in the branchial clefts of cyclostomes and some sharks * * * Embryol. one of a series of rudimentary outcroppings of the inner pharyngeal wall, corresponding to the branchial grooves on the surface. Also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • branchial groove — Embryol. one of a series of rudimentary depressions on the surface of the embryo between adjacent branchial arches, homologous to the branchial clefts of gill breathing ancestral forms. Also called visceral groove …   Useful english dictionary

  • branchial fissures — 1. branchial clefts (def. 1). 2. pharyngeal grooves …   Medical dictionary

  • branchial cleft — n one of the open or potentially open clefts that occur on each side of the neck region of a vertebrate embryo between the branchial arches, are formed by the meeting of an external furrow in the ectoderm with a pharyngeal pouch, may or may not… …   Medical dictionary

  • branchial cleft — noun one of a series of slit openings in the pharynxes of fishes and aquatic amphibians through which water passes • Syn: ↑gill slit, ↑gill cleft • Hypernyms: ↑structure, ↑anatomical structure, ↑complex body part, ↑bodily structure, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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