[nek-suh s]
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noun, plural nex·us·es, nex·us.
  1. a means of connection; tie; link.
  2. a connected series or group.
  3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation.
  4. Cell Biology. a specialized area of the cell membrane involved in intercellular communication and adhesion.

Origin of nexus

1655–65; < Latin nexus a binding, joining, fastening, equivalent to nect(ere) to bind, fasten, tie + -tus suffix of v. action, with tt > s Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nexus

core, center, union, connection, link, tie, network

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British Dictionary definitions for nexus


noun plural nexus
  1. a means of connection between members of a group or things in a series; link; bond
  2. a connected group or series

Word Origin for nexus

C17: from Latin: a binding together, from nectere to bind
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Word Origin and History for nexus

1660s, "bond, link, means of communication," from Latin nexus "that which ties or binds together," past participle of nectere "to bind," from PIE root *ned- "to bind, tie" (see net (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nexus in Medicine


n. pl. nexus
  1. gap junction
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