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[plek-suh s] /ˈplɛk səs/
noun, plural plexuses, plexus.
a network, as of nerves or blood vessels.
any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts:
the plexus of international relations.
Origin of plexus
1675-85; < New Latin: an interweaving, twining = Latin plect(ere) to plait, twine + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for plexuses


noun (pl) -uses, -us
any complex network of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
an intricate network or arrangement
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Latin plectere to braid, plait
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Word Origin and History for plexuses



1680s, Modern Latin, literally "braid, network," noun use of past participle of Latin plectere "to twine, braid, fold" (see complex (adj.)); used of a network, such as solar plexus "network of nerves in the abdomen" (see solar). Related: Plexal.

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plexuses in Medicine

plexus plex·us (plěk'səs)
n. pl. plexus or plex·us·es

  1. A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics.

  2. A combination of interlaced parts; a network.

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