- a branch, as of a plant, vein, bone, etc.
Origin of ramus
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Disarticulation of the Ramus without opening into the cavity of the Mouth.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
This ridge and fossa are on the lateral surface of the ramus.
The Logic of Ramus in 1555 is cited as the first departure from this rule.
The French rame, an oar, is remus, but that modified by an unconscious recollection of ramus.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
This nerve is the portio major or superficialis of the nerve usually known as the ramus ophthalmicus superficialis in the adult.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
- the barb of a bird's feather
- either of the two parts of the lower jaw of a vertebrate
- any part or organ that branches from another part
C19: from Latin: branch
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Word Origin and History for ramus
"a branch" (anatomical), 1803, from Latin ramus "a branch, bough, twig," related to radix "root;" see radish.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of the primary divisions of a nerve or blood vessel.
- A part of an irregularly shaped bone that is thicker than a process and forms an angle with the main body, especially the ascending part of the lower jaw that makes a joint at the temple.
- Any of the primary divisions of a cerebral sulcus.
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