Definition of hemal in English:

hemal

Syllabification: he·mal
Pronunciation: /ˈhēməl
 
/
(British haemal)

adjective

Physiology
1Of or concerning the blood.
1.1 Zoology Situated on the same side of the body as the heart and major blood vessels (i.e., in chordates, ventral).
More example sentences
  • Well-preserved centra show paired subcentral foramina, located on either side of the hemal ridge at a level slightly behind the midpoint of the centrum.
  • The first caudal vertebra is identified as the most anterior vertebra that has paired haemal flanges extending along the ventral surface of the centrum.
  • This process articulates with slim unpaired haemal spines which, in turn, articulate with the axonosts of the anal fin.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek haima 'blood' + -al.

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