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Lemniscus


Noun, pl. lemnisci

(Zoology)
1. One of two oval bodies hanging from the interior walls of the body in the Acanthocephala. (wiktionary.org)

(Anatomy)
1. A part of the brain, such as the medial lemniscus or lateral lemniscus. (wikipedia.org)

2. A bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

3. A bundle of secondary sensory fibers within the brain stem which terminates in specific relay nuclei of the diencephalon. (wikipedia.org)

Word origin: From Late Latin lemniscus “a pendent ribbon.” from Greek lemniskos “woolen ribbon,” perhaps originally or literally “of Lemnos,” island in the Aegean.


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