Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A collective blood-vessel, or a common trunk whence several arteries branch: specifically applied to the terminal portion of the truncus arteriosus of lower vertebrates. In higher vertebrates such an arterial trunk is called an axis, examples of which in man are the celiac and thyroid axes.
- n. In botany, the peculiar boat-shaped sorus of certain ferns of the order Marattiaceæ. Also synange.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The divided part beyond the pylangium in the aortic trunk of the amphibian heart.
- Ancient Greek a hollow vessel. (Wiktionary)
“This truncus consists of two parts: the first, the conus or pylangium (c.a.), muscular, contractile, and containing a series of valves; the second, the bulbus or synangium (b.a.), without valves and pulsatile.”
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