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a. Running or flowing outward.
b. Marked by an outward flow of current.
a. Having a single, undivided trunk with lateral branches, as in spruce trees.
b. Extending beyond the apex of a leaf, as a midrib or vein.
[Latin excurrēns, excurrent-, present participle of excurrere, to run out; see excursion.]
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1. (Zoology) zoology having an outward flow, as certain pores in sponges, ducts, etc
2. (Botany) botany
a. (of veins) extending beyond the margin of the leaf
b. having an undivided main stem or trunk, as the spruce and other conifers
3. flowing or running in an outward direction
[C19: from Latin excurrere to run forth; see excursion]
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ex•cur•rent(ɪkˈskɜr ənt, -ˈskʌr-)
1. running out or forth.
2. giving passage outward: the excurrent canal of certain sponges.
a. having the axis prolonged so as to form an undivided main stem or trunk, as the stem of the spruce.
b. projecting beyond the apex, as the midrib in certain leaves.
[1595–1605; < Latin excurrent-, s. of excurrēns, present participle of excurrere to run out. See ex-1, current]
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