from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The natural or surgical union of anatomical parts of two organisms, usually involving exchange of blood, as in the development of Siamese twins or in certain transplant operations.
- n. A temporary suspension of conductivity or excitability in a nerve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The (natural or surgical) union of parts of two organisms (especially of their vascular systems)
- n. The fusion of two embryos to form conjoined twins
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The temporary abolition of conductivity and excitability in a nerve.
This process, called parabiosis, allowed the blood of the young mouse to flow into the body of the old mouse.
Haek6, working against an entirely different conceptual background, had reproduced Owen's phenomenon in chickens by the ingenious method of making a deliberate synchorial parabiosis between chick embryos in the shell.
Tolerance unaccompanied by any symptom of runt disease is produced by the injection of embryonic cells or by a natural or artificial parabiosis between embryos, and it leads here to a stable chimerism in which native and foreign cells seem to coexist without the one ousting the other.
Less than two years ago, Madonna brought David back to London, and although I can't prove she has engaged in parabiosis, the photograph evidence suggests that she did.
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