|noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation such as a nerve|
|to stimulate to functional activity|
|apparatus (ˌæpəˈreɪtəs, -ˈrɑːtəs, ˈæpəˌreɪtəs)|
|—n , pl -ratus, -ratuses|
|1.||a collection of instruments, machines, tools, parts, or other equipment used for a particular purpose|
|2.||a machine having a specific function: breathing apparatus|
|3.||the means by which something operates; organization: the apparatus of government|
|4.||anatomy any group of organs having a specific function|
|[C17: from Latin, from apparāre to make ready]|
apparatus ap·pa·ra·tus (āp'ə-rā'təs, -rāt'əs)
n. pl. apparatus or ap·pa·ra·tus·es
An integrated group of materials or devices used for a particular purpose.
A group or system of organs that collectively performs a specific function or process.