One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a vessel or opening) conveying fluid inwards.The opposite of excurrent
- ‘However, there exists no test to define whether these openings are subdermal cavities and part of the incurrent system, or secondary oscula that were part of the excurrent system.’
- ‘Water containing minute food particles is admitted through the incurrent siphon into the pharyngeal basket.’
- ‘Amplification of persisting papillomavirus or polyomavirus DNA sequences by incurrent infections with herpes simplex of cytomegaloviruses may also contribute to the emergence of malignant tumors.’
- ‘Concurrent with this, the entire pectinirhomb becomes greatly protuberant along a large, thinwalled ridge spanning the incurrent and excurrent half rhombs.’
- ‘Water is drawn through the incurrent siphon into the infrabranchial chamber, filtered through the gills into the suprabranchial chamber and is expelled through the excurrent siphon.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘falling within (a period’)): from Latin incurrent- ‘running in’, from the verb incurrere (see incur).
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