- of or relating to gills or to the homologous, embryonic parts in animals without gills.
Origin of branchial
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From the latter also the branchial cartilaginous bars are formed.The Origin of Vertebrates
Walter Holbrook Gaskell
The branchial cavity can dilate and contract itself alternately.The Ocean World:
The remains of only two branchial arches are found in the adult.
Originally they are mainly concerned with branchial respiration.
At such times the gills lose all semblance of branchial organs.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
- of or relating to the gills of an aquatic animal, esp a fish
- of or relating to homologous structures in higher vertebratesbranchial cyst
- Of, relating to, or resembling the gills of a fish, their homologous embryonic structures, or the derivatives of their homologous parts in higher animals.
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