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plexus

Definition:

a network of intersecting blood vessels, nerves, or lymph vessels

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plurals:

plexus* | plexuses
(* plexus may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

rete

Etymology:

Modern Latin, literally "braid, network", from past participle of Latin plectere...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

any complex network of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels | an intricate network or arrangement (15 of 433 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plexus

Wikipedia:

Plexus

A plexus is a branching network of axons outside of the central nervous system. The four primary nerve plexuses are the cervical plexus, brachial plexus, lumbar plexus, and the sacral plexus. The choroid plexus is a part of central nervous system in... (42 of 146 words)

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Plexus (disambiguation)

may refer to: Plexus, a network of nerves or blood vessels | Plexus (Book Two of The Rosy Crucifixion), the title of a novel by Henry Miller, part of the The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy | Plexus Consulting Group, is a management consulting firm to... (42 of 123 words, 5 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

a network of anastomosing or interlacing blood vessels or nerves | an interwoven combination of parts or elements in a structure or system (22 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plexus

Oxford Dictionary:

plexus | plexiform [derived] | plexuses [related]

[anatomy] : a network of nerves or vessels in the body. | an intricate network or web-like formation. (17 of 55 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plexus

American Heritage Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics | A combination of interlaced parts; a network. (22 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plexus

New World Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

a complexly interconnected arrangement of parts; network | [anatomy] a network of blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, nerves, etc. (17 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plexus

Wiktionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural] | rete [synonym, sense-specific]

A network or interwoven mass, especially (anatomy) of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels. | [math] The system of equations required for the complete expression of the relations which exist between a set of quantities. (34 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plexus

Random House Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

a network, as of nerves or blood vessels. | any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts. (17 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plexus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plexus

see solar plexus (3 of 26 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plexus

Cambridge Dictionary:

structure [entry 1]

the way in which the parts of a system or object are arranged or organized, or a system arranged in this way (22 of 61 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/structure 1

structure [entry 2]

something which has been made or built from parts, especially a large building (13 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/structure 2

structure [entry 3]

to plan, organize or arrange the parts of something (9 of 23 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/structure 3

Encarta Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

a network of nerves, blood vessels, or other vessels in the body | a complex network or interwoven structure (18 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738532​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

plexus

First use: 1680s

Origin: Modern Latin, literally "braid, network", from past participle of Latin plectere "to twine, braid, fold"; used of a network, such as solar ... (23 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=plexus

New World Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

Origin: Modern Latin from Latin, a twining, braid from past participle of plectere, to twine, braid; akin to plicare: see "ply"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plexus

American Heritage Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, braid, from past participle of plectere, to plait; see plek- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plexus

Oxford Dictionary:

plexus

First use: late 17th century

Origin: Latin, literally "plaited formation", past participle of plectere "to plait"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plexus

Collins Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

First use: 17th century

Origin: New Latin, from Latin plectere to braid, plait

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plexus

Wiktionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

Origin: Latin, from plex-, past participle stem of plectere ("plait, interweave").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plexus

Merriam-Webster:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

First use: 1682

Origin: New Latin, from Latin plectere to braid

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plexus

Encarta Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: Latin, past participle of plectere "plait"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738532​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plexus"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

plexus

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plexus"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

plexus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plexus"

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the Free Dictionary:

plexus

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Google Dictionary:

plexus | plexuses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "plexus"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plexus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plexus"

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YourDictionary Audio:

plexus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plexus" by speech synthesizer

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