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motor root

noun
  1. See under nerve root.
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Origin of motor root

First recorded in 1830–40

nerve root

noun Anatomy.
  1. a nerve fiber bundle that emerges from either side of the spinal cord and joins with a complementary bundle to form each spinal nerve in the series of spinal nerves: the root at the rear of the spinal cord (dorsal root or sensory root) conveys sensations to the central nervous system, and the root at the front (ventral root or motor root) conveys impulses to the muscles.
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Origin of nerve root

First recorded in 1875–80
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