Branched see ramify

branchia n.; pl. -chiae [Gr. branchia, gills] Respiratory organs; a gill; a ctenidium.

branchial a. [Gr. branchia, gills] Pertaining to gills or branchiae.

branchial aperture The exterior opening of a gill chamber.

branchial basket (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Odonata, a chamber of the rectum that contains the rectal gills.

branchial carina (ARTHRO: Crustacea) In Decapoda, that part of the carapace extending posteriorly from the opening (orbit) in the anterior face over the branchial region.

branchial chamber (ARTHRO: Crustacea) That area between the body and carapace enclosing the branchiae; the gill chamber.

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