anas·​to·​mose | \ə-ˈnas-tə-ˌmōz, -ˌmōs\
anastomosed; anastomosing

Definition of anastomose 

transitive verb

: to connect or join by anastomosis

intransitive verb

: to communicate or be joined by anastomosis

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We were immediately struck by the extensive, complex, anastomosing system of internal channels and branches present deep inside the premaxillae and maxillae, snaking and curving around the tooth roots. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Sensitive Face of a Big Predatory Dinosaur," 16 June 2017 At Tolbachik, these networks of anastomosing lava flows will continue to grow until the rate of magma erupting at the surface drops. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "Tolbachik Eruption: Identifying Lava Flow Features," 10 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of anastomose

1697, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anastomose

probably back-formation from anastomosis

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anas·​to·​mose | \ə-ˈnas-tə-ˌmōz, -ˌmōs \
anastomosed; anastomosing

Medical Definition of anastomose 

transitive verb

: to connect or join by anastomosis

intransitive verb

: to communicate by anastomosis

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