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nerve root

[ nurv-root, root ]
/ ˈnɜrv ˌrut, ˌrʊt /
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noun Anatomy.

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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