Definition of Ramification

1. Noun. The act of branching out or dividing into branches.

Exact synonyms: Branching, Fork, Forking
Generic synonyms: Division
Specialized synonyms: Bifurcation, Trifurcation, Divarication, Fibrillation
Derivative terms: Bifurcate, Bifurcate, Fork, Fork, Ramify, Ramify

2. Noun. A part of a forked or branching shape. "He broke off one of the branches"
Exact synonyms: Branch, Leg
Generic synonyms: Subfigure
Group relationships: Forking, Furcation
Specialized synonyms: Bifurcation, Brachium, Crotch, Fork
Derivative terms: Branch, Branchy, Ramify, Ramify

3. Noun. A development that complicates a situation. "The court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
Exact synonyms: Complication
Generic synonyms: Development
Derivative terms: Complicate, Ramify

4. Noun. An arrangement of branching parts.
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Placement
Derivative terms: Ramify, Ramify

Definition of Ramification

1. n. The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement.

Definition of Ramification

1. Noun. (botany anatomy) A branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc. ¹

2. Noun. An offshoot of a decision, fact etc.; a consequence or implication, especially one which complicates a situation. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) An arrangement of branches. ¹

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Definition of Ramification

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Medical Definition of Ramification

1. 1. The process of branching, or the development or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement. 2. A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel; as, the ramifications of an artery, vein, or nerve. 3. A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts; as, the ramifications a subject or scheme. 4. The production of branchlike figures. Origin: Cf. F. Ramification. See Ramify. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ramification

rami ureterici arteriae testicularis
rami ureterici partis patentis arteriae umbilicale
rami ventrales nervorum cervicalium
rami ventrales nervorum lumbalium
rami ventrales nervorum sacralium
rami ventralis
rami vestibulares arteriae labyrinthi
rami zygomatici nervi facialis
ramification (current term)

Literary usage of Ramification

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Geometric Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations and Algebraic Functions by Georges Valiron (1984)
"On the other hand, every point of ramification, of order r, is a pole of order r- 1 ... One of the points of ramification of order r is a pole of order r; ..."

2. Introduction to Structural and Systematic Botany and Vegetable Physiology by Asa Gray (1875)
"But the perfect symmetry of the ramification, thus provided for, is frequently obscured by the 1G7. Non-development of some of the Bnds. As the original bud ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1855)
"Some further Observations on the Correspondence between the Leaf- Venation and ramification of the Plant. By the Rev, Professor J. M'CosH, LL.D., Belfast. ..."

4. Structural Botany: Or Organography on the Basis of Morphology. To which is by Asa Gray (1879)
"ramification. BRANCHES (14-16) are secondary stems developed from a primary one, or tertiary ones from these, and so on. Ultimate or small ramifications of ..."

5. On the Germination, Development, and Fructification of the Higher by Wilhelm Friedrich Benedict Hofmeister, Frederick Currey (1862)
"Many observations point to the conclusion that the normal ramification of the axis results from a genuine furcate division of the naked apex of the terminal ..."

6. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1885)
"Moreover, not only do the leaves on a single twig thus admirably fit in with one another, but they are also adapted to the ramification of the twigs ..."

7. Elements of General Radio-therapy for Practitioners by Leopold Freund (1904)
"ramification of Current. The strength of current is not everywhere alike, ... At any part of the ramification system the force of the current flowing toward ..."

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