- a cross-connection between two blood-vessels
- an interconnection between any two channels, passages or vessels
Etymology: Greek , from "furnish with a mouth or outlet", from - "up, back, again, anew" + "mouth".
- 1922: (...) our grandam, which we are linked up with by successive of navelcords sold us all, seed, breed and generation, for a penny pippin. (Joyce, Ulysses)
- (medicine) the surgical creation of a connecting passage between blood-vessels or other channels
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