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nerve centre

a group of nerve cells associated with a specific function
a principal source of control over any complex activity: Wall Street is the financial nerve centre of America
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  • Every nerve centre must be prepared to express any adumbration of plasticity.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • For the motor is the true life of the airplane—its heart, lungs, and nerve centre.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • A ganglion is a nerve centre and, in a sense, each is a brain which may be likened to the one brain of the vertebrate.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • Most people call him a nerve centre, but you wouldn't understand that, so I say wait and see.

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