- circulation of blood through a network of minor vessels that become enlarged and joined with adjacent vessels when a major vein or artery is impaired, as by obstruction.
Origin of collateral circulation
First recorded in 1875–80
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- Circulation maintained in small anastomosing vessels when the main artery is obstructed.
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