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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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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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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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