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branchia

Syllabification: bran·chi·a
Pronunciation: /ˈbraNGkēə
 
/

Definition of branchia in English:

noun (plural branchiae /-kēˌē/)

The gills of fish and some invertebrate animals.
Example sentences
  • While resting in burrows or slight crevices, Pherusa extends its cephalic cage, grooved paired pales, and branchiae into the current.
  • During this time ‘branchiae,’ which resemble gills, develop.
  • The tube is quite thin so the branchiae probably are used mostly to acquire oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin branchia, (plural) branchiae, from Greek brankhia (plural).

Derivatives

branchial

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The larva probably possessed the scraping mouth parts and the branchial filter seen in most extant anuran larvae, and likewise probably also pumped water rhythmically.
  • Due to the reduction of the hyoid and branchial arches, no other means than the suction flow seems to be available for this function.
  • The history of the epibranchials presumably begins wherever vertebrates first developed a jointed, internal branchial arch rather than an unjointed, external branchial basket.

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