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[nek-suh s] /ˈnɛk səs/
noun, plural nexuses, nexus.
a means of connection; tie; link.
a connected series or group.
the core or center, as of a matter or situation.
Cell Biology. a specialized area of the cell membrane involved in intercellular communication and adhesion.
Origin of nexus
1655-65; < Latin nexus a binding, joining, fastening, equivalent to nect(ere) to bind, fasten, tie + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nexus
  • What separates the groups is a whole nexus of conditioning and background.
  • The company maintains that because it has no physical presence in the state, it has no nexus requiring it to collect tax.
  • Like it or not, money is at the nexus of energy and emissions decisions.
  • The nexus of influence has shifted in the last few years.
  • Some of his best insights lie at the nexus between these worlds.
  • This book will be required reading for anyone in politics or journalism, or anyone curious about their complicated nexus.
  • But the trend toward stability also is about finding the nexus between fashion and function.
  • Brooklyn in particular has become a major music nexus.
  • Finally, he hit on a nexus of relative originality and practicality.
  • Meat stock is the nexus of modern cooking.
British Dictionary definitions for nexus


noun (pl) nexus
a means of connection between members of a group or things in a series; link; bond
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

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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