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verb (used with or without object), a·nas·to·mosed, a·nas·to·mos·ing. Physiology, Anatomy, Geology.
  1. to communicate or connect by anastomosis.
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Origin of anastomose

First recorded in 1690–1700; back formation from anastomosis
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Examples from the Web for anastomose

Historical Examples

  • That is, they anastomose, as anatomists say of the veins and arteries of the body.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Near the ciliary end of the vitreous humour they anastomose with the vessels of the membrana capsulo-pupillaris.

  • These represent ridges or crests which anastomose over the pileus, forming reticulations.

  • These ribs are very irregular, and anastomose with each other throughout; the pileus hollow, opening into the irregular stem.

    Mushroom Culture

    W. Robinson

  • Occasionally one or two filaments cross from one wall to another, and once I have seen these anastomose.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for anastomose


  1. to join (two parts of a blood vessel, etc) by anastomosis
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anastomose in Medicine


(ə-năstə-mōz′, -mōs′)
  1. To join by anastomosis.
  2. To be connected by anastomosis.
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