[ nahy-duhs ]
/ ˈnaɪ dəs /
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noun, plural ni·di [nahy-dahy]. /ˈnaɪ daɪ/.

a nest, especially one in which insects, spiders, etc., deposit their eggs.
a place or point in an organism where a germ or other organism can develop or breed.



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Origin of nidus

1735–45; <Latin nīdusnest
nidal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nidus

/ (ˈnaɪdəs) /

noun plural -di (-daɪ)

the nest in which insects or spiders deposit their eggs
pathol a focus of infection
a cavity in which plant spores develop
nidal, adjective
C18: from Latin nest
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Medical definitions for nidus

[ nīdəs ]

n. pl. ni•dus•es

A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, pathogenic organisms, or small animals.
A cavity where spores develop.
A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which calculi form.
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