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# Multiple edges

In graph theory, multiple edges (also called parallel edges or a multi-edge), are two or more edges that are incident to the same two vertices. A simple graph has no multiple edges.

Depending on the context, a graph may be defined so as to either allow or disallow the presence of multiple edges (often in concert with allowing or disallowing loops):

• Where graphs are defined so as to allow multiple edges and loops, a graph without loops is often called a multigraph.
• Where graphs are defined so as to disallow multiple edges and loops, a multigraph or a pseudograph is often defined to mean a "graph" which can have loops and multiple edges.

Multiple edges are, for example, useful in the consideration of electrical networks, from a graph theoretical point of view.

A planar graph remains planar if an edge is added between two vertices already joined by an edge, thus adding multiple edges preserves planarity.

## References

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