Definition of Nervus

1. Noun. Any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body.

Medical Definition of Nervus

1. 1. One of the whitish and elastic bundles of fibres, with the accompanying tissues, which transmit nervous impulses between nerve centers and various parts of the animal body. An ordinary nerve is made up of several bundles of nerve fibres, each bundle inclosed in a special sheath (the perineurium) and all bound together in a connective tissue sheath and framework (the epineurium) containing blood vessels and lymphatics. 2. A sinew or a tendon. 3. Physical force or steadiness; muscular power and control; constitutional vigor. "he led me on to mightiest deeds, Above the nerve of mortal arm." (Milton) 4. Steadiness and firmness of mind; self-command in personal danger, or under suffering; unshaken courage and endurance; coolness; pluck; resolution. 5. Audacity; assurance. 6. One of the principal fibrovascular bundles or ribs of a leaf, especially when these extend straight from the base or the midrib of the leaf. 7. One of the nervures, or veins, in the wings of insects. Nerve cell, the operation of stretching a nerve in order to remedy diseases such as tetanus, which are supposed to be influenced by the condition of the nerve or its connections. Origin: OE. Nerfe, F. Nerf, L. Nervus, akin to Gr. Sinew, nerve; cf. String, bowstring; perh. Akin to E. Needle. Cf. Neuralgia. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nervus

nervous strain
nervous system
nervous system physiology
nervous systems
nervous tissue
nervous tunic of eyeball
nervus (current term)
nervus abducens
nervus accessorius
nervus acusticus
nervus alveolaris inferior
nervus ampullaris anterior
nervus ampullaris lateralis
nervus ampullaris posterior
nervus antebrachii anterior
nervus antebrachii posterior
nervus articularis
nervus auricularis magnus
nervus auricularis posterior
nervus auriculotemporalis
nervus axillaris

Literary usage of Nervus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Brain and Spinal Cord: A Manual for the Study of the Morphology and Fibre by Emil Villiger (1918)
"nervus ACUSTICUS. The acoustic nerve consists of two parts, the nervus ... nervus COCHLEAE. This nerve takes origin within the ganglion spirale cochleae. ..."

2. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"nervus MAXILLARIS. As the maxillary nerve passes anteriorly, ... nervus Maxillaris.—-The maxillary nerve springs from the semilunar ganglion, ..."

3. The Anatomy and Histology of the Human Eye by Abraham Metz (1868)
"and the nervus abducens, are some distance apart after their passage from the brain, ... The nervus oculo-motorius passes into the orbit uppermost, ..."

4. Anatomy, Descriptive and Applied by Henry Gray (1913)
"Immediately beneath the base of the skull, the nerve gives off from its medial side a recurrent branch (nervus spinosus) and the nerve to the Pterygoideus ..."

5. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal (1833)
"The nervus pterygoideus interims does not take its rise from it, but from the third branch of the trigeminus, and gives off in a very distinct manner the ..."

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