One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Join by intertwining or fitting closely together.
- ‘The LPA was too short for the anastomosis to the main artery, so we inosculated the injured LPA to the recipient inferior epigastric artery.’
- ‘After tibial nerves of the rabbits were cut and inosculated, the inosculated areas were treated with local injection of chitosan and dehydrocortisol.’
Late 17th century: from in- ‘into’ + Latin osculare ‘provide with a mouth or outlet’ (from osculum, diminutive of os ‘mouth’), on the pattern of Greek anastomoun, in the same sense.
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