1811, from Late Latin lemniscus "a pendent ribbon." from Greek lemniskos "woolen ribbon," perhaps originally or literally "of Lemnos," island in the Aegean. Related: Lemniscate (1781).
lemniscus lem·nis·cus (lěm-nĭs'kəs)
n. pl. lem·nis·ci (-nĭs'ī', -nĭs'kī', -nĭs'kē)
A bundle of nerve fibers ascending from sensory nuclei in the spinal cord and the rhombencephalon to the thalamus.