- a band of fibers, especially of white nerve fibers in the brain.
Origin of lemniscus
1840–50; < New Latin, special use of Latin lēmniscus pendent ribbon < Greek lēmnískos ribbon
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- anatomy a technical name for fillet (def. 9)
C19: New Latin, from Latin, from Greek lēmniskos ribbon
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Word Origin and History for lemniscus
1811, from Late Latin lemniscus "a pendent ribbon." from Greek lemniskos "woolen ribbon," perhaps originally or literally "of Lemnos," island in the Aegean. Related: Lemniscate (1781).
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- A bundle of nerve fibers ascending from sensory nuclei in the spinal cord and the rhombencephalon to the thalamus.
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