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1. a passenger or freight-carrying ship, boat, etc.
2. an aircraft, esp an airship
3. Anatomy a tubular structure that transports such body fluids as blood and lymph
4. Botany a tubular element of xylem tissue consisting of a row of cells in which the connecting cell walls have broken down



(also trachea), in plants, a conducting element of xylem that consists of a long hollow tube formed by a single row of cells (vessel members) perforated on their transverse walls. Vessels are characteristic of angiosperms (except for certain Polycarpicae [Trochodendron, drimys] and Liliaceae [lily of the valley, dracena, agave]); they also occur in some ferns (Pleridium), selaginella, Equisetum, and Gneticae (ephedra, Gnetum, Welwitschia).

Vessels may be annular, helical, scalariform, or pitted, depending on the structures of their lateral walls. In annular and helical vessels the secondary membrane resembles rings or twisted ribbons. The vessels arise in the early stages of the development of plant organs and are capable of extension. Scalariform and pitted vessels with larger deposits of secondary membrane and bordered pits in the walls are formed in organs that have finished growing lengthwise. After the lignification of the membranes, the cell protoplasts die and the cavity of the vessel fills with water.

Primitive vessels were characterized by great length (reaching 1.3 mm) and small diameter; the lateral walls were marked by scalariform porosity (tulip tree), and the angular cross section of vessel members had scalariform perforations on sloped transverse walls. Highly specialized vessels are composed of short vessel members that in cross section are rounded and have a wide opening (reaching 0.5 mm in diameter). The vessel members have simple perforations on the transverse walls and small alternate pits on the lateral walls (ash, oak).


What does it mean when you dream about a vessel?

A vessel in a dream may be the container that holds the dreamer’s valuables. The size and the condition of the vessel—e.g., old and tarnished or new and shiny—may indicate if these are established ideals or things newly acquired. Vessels can also be containers of the self.


A water-conducting tube or duct in the xylem.
A container or structural envelope in which materials are processed, treated, or stored; for example, pressure vessels, reactor vessels, agitator vessels, and storage vessels (tanks).
(naval architecture)
Any craft that can carry people or cargo over the surface of the water.
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Fishman JE 2000 Imaging of Blunt Aortic and Great Vessel Trauma Journal of Thoracic Imaging 15(2) 97-103
Teratogenic effect on the cardiovascular system has: alcohol (leads to more frequent formation of IVSD, open arterial duct, IASD), amfetamines (condition IVSD, transposition of great vessels), anticonvulsive preparations--hydantoin (conditions stenosis of pulmonary artery and aorta, aorta coarctation, open arterial duct) and trimethadione (transposition of great vessels, Fallot's tetralogy, hypoplasia of heart left side), lithium (Ebshtein anomaly, tricuspid valve atresia, IASD), progestogens (Fallot's teralogy, complex CHD) (Belacon and Podzaicov, 1991; Djordjikiya et al.
Both boys were born with transposition of the great vessels - heart defects that would require several surgeries.
Finally, a double outlet right ventricular defect results from failure of the conus to shift to the center, meaning that both great vessels arise from the primitive bulbus (eventually the fight ventricle) (Van Mierop & Kutsche, 1990).
However, technical difficulties involving the maintenance of a deep water channel prevented rebuilding of great vessels at the port.
On one side of the room there was an enormous credenza with twelve shelves all full, even overloaded, with great vessels of silver and gold with so many precious stones that it was miraculous to look at; but what was even more stupendous was that even.
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Of all the cases studied, 314 twins were thoracopagus and typically shared a single multi-chambered heart; there were from one to four atria and from one to four ventricles, with several variations of the great vessels, and triple-outlet connection was observed in only three cases of all 1262 twins.