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nidus

Pronunciation: ni'dus, ni'di

Definition:

  1. A nest.
  2. The nucleus or central point of origin of a nerve.
  3. A focus of infection.
  4. The nucleus of a crystal; the coalescence of molecules or small particles that is the beginning of a crystal or similar solid deposit.
  5. The focus of reduced density at the center of an osteoid osteoma, on bone radiographs.

[L. nest]

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