rete mirabile

noun
rete mi·rab·i·le | \-mə̇ˈrabəˌlē\
plural retia mirabilia\-ˌmirəˈbilēə \

Definition of rete mirabile 

: a small but dense network of blood vessels formed by the breaking up of a larger vessel into branches that usually reunite into one trunk and believed especially important as an oxygen-storing mechanism in aquatic mammals

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