descent
1. SYN: descensus. 2. In obstetrics, the passage of the presenting part of the fetus into and through the birth canal. [L. descensus]

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de·scent di-'sent n
1) the act or process of descending from a higher to a lower location <\descent of the testes into the scrotum>
2 a) derivation from an ancestor
b) the fact or process of originating by generation from an ancestral stock (as a species or genus)
3) a former method of distillation in which the material was heated in a vessel having its outlet underneath so that the vapors produced were forced to descend

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de·scent (də-sentґ) [L. descendere to go down] the act or instance of descending.

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