One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a vessel or opening) conveying fluid inward.The opposite of excurrent
- ‘Concurrent with this, the entire pectinirhomb becomes greatly protuberant along a large, thinwalled ridge spanning the incurrent and excurrent half rhombs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Water containing minute food particles is admitted through the incurrent siphon into the pharyngeal basket.’
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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