[ram-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of ramifying.
  2. a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
  3. a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication: The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
  4. Botany.
    1. a structure formed of branches.
    2. a configuration of branching parts.

Origin of ramification

1670–80; < Middle French < Medieval Latin rāmificāt(us) (past participle of rāmificāre to ramify) + Middle French -ion -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for ramifications


  1. the act or process of ramifying or branching out
  2. an offshoot or subdivision
  3. (often plural) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
  4. a structure of branching parts
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Word Origin and History for ramifications



1670s, "a branching out," from French ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transferred sense of "outgrowth, consequence" first recorded 1755. Related: Ramifications.

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ramifications in Medicine


  1. A branching shape or arrangement.
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