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VASSAL, feudal law. This was the name given to the holder of a fief, bound to perform feudal service; this word was then always correlative to that of lord, entitled to such service.
     2. The vassal himself might be lord of some other vassal.
     3. In aftertimes, this word was used to signify a species of slave who owed servitude, and was in a state of dependency on a superior lord. 2 Bl. Com. 53; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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Placement of surgical clips has been advocated as an easy method of sealing the vasal ends.
The theory behind fascial interposition is that it ensures the discontinuity of the vasal sheath, which is considered critical to the long-term success of the procedure.
35) It also improves the success of vasal reanastomosis, should it be attempted in the future.
In spite of the divergent views expressed above, cautery of the vasal ends combined with fascial interposition approaches perfection both in minimizing complications and in long-term failure.
The authors believe that though individual techniques of managing the vasal ends and closure have their proponents, most techniques practiced long enough yield excellent results.
A physician can use the same access and closure technique they have always used, but will not need to cut, suture or cauterize the vas deferens or manage vasal sheath damage.
The government has not just moved the goal posts, it has changed the very rules of the game, says Vikas Vasal, executive director, KPMG.