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fasciation

[fash-ee-ey-shuh n] /ˌfæʃ iˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of binding up or bandaging.
2.
the process of becoming fasciate.
3.
the resulting state.
4.
an abnormality in a plant, in which a stem enlarges into a flat, ribbonlike shape resembling several stems fused together.
Origin of fasciation
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; fasciate + -ion
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  • Cohesion of the leaves frequently accompanies the union of the branches and fasciation as might have been anticipated.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • The list which is appended is intended to show those plants in which fasciation has been most frequently observed.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Adhesion of the inflorescence is necessarily a frequent accompaniment of fasciation and cohesion of the branches.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Frequently also this condition is associated with fasciation, or, at least, with a distended or dilated state.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • In some species of Artabotrys, indeed, fasciation and curvation of the inflorescence are common.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • In all, with the exception of the first-named, the fasciation occurred in the inflorescence.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
British Dictionary definitions for fasciation

fasciation

/ˌfæʃɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(botany) an abnormal flattening of stems due to failure of the lateral branches to separate from the main stem
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