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nerve centre

noun
  1. a group of nerve cells associated with a specific function
  2. a principal source of control over any complex activityWall Street is the financial nerve centre of America
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  • But in this case also it is necessary that the nerve-centre be sound.

    The Action of Medicines in the System

    Frederick William Headland

  • As for the fore-legs, smitten in their nerve-centre, they are quite lifeless.

  • Its intersection with Kearny is a nerve-centre of the city, whence radiate three great streets.

  • Such is the rate at which a nerve-centre conducts its operations when no consciousness or volition is involved.

    Mind and Motion and Monism

    George John Romanes

  • His office, in which I was permitted to take notes for several days, is a nerve-centre of the world.

    The Romance of the Reaper

    Herbert Newton Casson