nerve trunk

noun Anatomy.

the main stem of a nerve.

Origin of nerve trunk

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nerve trunk

  • Cutting wounds may divide a nerve-trunk (a) partially, or (b) completely.

  • When it presses on a nerve-trunk it causes pains and cramps.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The primary injuries include contusion, partial or complete division, and perforation of the nerve-trunk.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

Medicine definitions for nerve trunk

nerve trunk


The main stem of a nerve, consisting of a bundle of nerve fibers bound together by a tough sheath of connective tissue.
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