Zoology. one of a series of slitlike openings in the walls of the pharynx between the branchial arches of fishes and aquatic amphibians through which water passes from the pharynx to the exterior.
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Also called visceral cleft.
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Medicine definitions for branchial cleft
One of a bilateral series of slitlike openings into the pharynx through which water is drawn by aquatic animals.
Any of the homologous branchialectodermal grooves of the mammalian embryo.
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