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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: no-si-fen'sor


Denoting processes or mechanisms that act to protect the body from injury; specifically, a system of nerves in the skin and mucous membranes that react to adjacent injury by causing vasodilation.

[noci- + L. fendo (only in compounds), to strike, ward off]

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