Definition of Descending

1. Adjective. Coming down or downward.

Definition of Descending

1. a. Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards.

Definition of Descending

1. Verb. (present participle of descend) ¹

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Definition of Descending

1. descend [v] - See also: descend

Medical Definition of Descending

1. Of or pertaining to descent; moving downwards. Descending constellations or signs, that point in a planet's orbit where it intersects the ecliptic in passing southward. Descending series, a series in which each term is numerically smaller than the preceding one; also, a series arranged according to descending powers of a quantity. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Descending

descendens cervicalis
descendens hypoglossi
descending (current term)
descending Ss
descending anterior branch
descending aorta
descending artery of knee
descending branch
descending branch of hypoglossal nerve
descending branch of lateral circumflex femoral artery
descending branch of occipital artery
descending colon
descending colons
descending current
descending degeneration
descending genicular artery

Literary usage of Descending

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1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The second or descending portion is between three and four inches in length, ... The portions of the descending part of the duodenum above and below this ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"This is the choroid plexus of the descending cornu, and when seen from above it lies over the hippocampus major and conceals it from view, as well as the ..."

3. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"In addition to the tracts just described there are a number of others—mainly, descending tracts—concerning which our anatomical knowledge is less complete, ..."

4. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Aneurism of the descending Portion of the Arch of the Aorta Aneurism of the descending portion of the aortic arch may exist during a considerable period ..."

5. A Treatise on Metamorphism by Charles Richard Van Hise (1904)
"In so far as water in a connected descending and ascending system is wanner at its point of issuance than it was when it joined the sea of underground water ..."

6. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1920)
"In anticipation, I want to refer, however, to Fig. 7, showing a section, orally to the lesion, which demonstrates this fact. descending Degeneration. ..."

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