- a network, as of nerves or blood vessels.
- any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts: the plexus of international relations.
Origin of plexus
1675–85; < New Latin: an interweaving, twining, equivalent to Latin plect(ere) to plait, twine + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for plexus
How, then, is the greater length of the plexus to be covered by a single "missing link?"
No a priori induction will ever extend this line or plexus to man.
Plexus: a knot: applied to a knot-like mass of nerves, or tracheae.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
What is a plexus of the sun, and how doth it blow on a bull?The Panchronicon
Harold Steele Mackaye
Lost, and forgotten in the plexus of the city's life, what had befallen them?The Octopus
- any complex network of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
- an intricate network or arrangement
C17: New Latin, from Latin plectere to braid, plait
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Word Origin and History for plexus
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- A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics.
- A combination of interlaced parts; a network.
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