nerve center

a group of nerve cells closely connected with one another and acting together in the performance of some function.
a source of information, authority, action, etc.: The communications room is the nerve center of a battleship.

1865–70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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nerve center

1. a center that provides information and control; "the nerve center of the diamond industry is in Amsterdam" 
2. a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere" [syn: center
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Example sentences
The agency headquarters now serves as the nerve center for emergency management.
Especially in those early days, the personnel department was the nerve center of the whole agency.
Each one is paralyzed by a sting in the main nerve center and stored in the adobe tube.
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