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vasopressin
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another name for anti-diuretic hormone

vein
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blood vessel that brings blood back to the heart

veliger
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second of the two larval stages in mollusks

vena cava
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major vein of the body returning blood from the upper and lower parts of the body; see the superior vena cava and inferior vena cava

venation
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pattern of veins in a leaf; may be parallel (as in monocots), reticulate (as in dicots), or dichotomous (as in Gingko biloba)

ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) mismatch
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region of the lung that lacks proper alveolar ventilation (V) and/or arterial perfusion (Q)

ventral cavity
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body cavity on the anterior or front portion of an animal that includes the thoracic cavities and the abdominopelvic cavities

ventricle
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cavity within brain that contains cerebrospinal fluid

ventricle
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(heart) large inferior chamber of the heart that pumps blood into arteries

venule
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blood vessel that connects a capillary bed to a vein

vernalization
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exposure to cold required by some seeds before they can germinate

vertebral column
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series of separate bones joined together as a backbone

Vertebrata
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members of the phylum Chordata that possess a backbone

vertical transmission
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transmission of disease from parent to offspring

vesicle
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small, membrane-bound sac that functions in cellular storage and transport; its membrane is capable of fusing with the plasma membrane and the membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus

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