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nexus

[nek-suh s] /ˈnɛk səs/
noun, plural nexuses, nexus.
1.
a means of connection; tie; link.
2.
a connected series or group.
3.
the core or center, as of a matter or situation.
4.
Cell Biology. a specialized area of the cell membrane involved in intercellular communication and adhesion.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin nexus a binding, joining, fastening, equivalent to nect(ere) to bind, fasten, tie + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s
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  • What separates the groups is a whole nexus of conditioning and background.
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  • This book will be required reading for anyone in politics or journalism, or anyone curious about their complicated nexus.
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British Dictionary definitions for nexus

nexus

/ˈnɛksəs/
noun (pl) nexus
1.
a means of connection between members of a group or things in a series; link; bond
2.
a connected group or series
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a binding together, from nectere to bind
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Word Origin and History for nexus
n.

1660s, "bond, link, means of communication," from Latin nexus "that which ties or binds together," past participle of nectere "to bind," from PIE root *ned- "to bind, tie" (see net (n.)).

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nexus in Medicine

nexus nex·us (něk'səs)
n. pl. nexus or nex·us·es
See gap junction.

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