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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Definitions for commissure

  1. a joint; seam; suture.
  2. Botany. the joint or face by which one carpel coheres with another.
  3. Anatomy, Zoology. a connecting band of nerve fiber, especially one joining the right and left sides of the brain or spinal cord.

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Citations for commissure
See the thick middle commissure joining the two thalami, just as the corpus callosum and fornix join the hemispheres. William James, "The Structure of the Brain," Writings, 1878-1899
By day the shepherd would have raised his pipe in vain, towards the long clear cut commissure of earth and sky. Samuel Beckett, Molloy, 1955
Origin of commissure
late Middle English
1375-1425
Commissure stems from the Latin word committere meaning logically "to commit."