American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, or small animals.
- n. A cavity where spores develop.
- n. Pathology A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
- n. A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which salts of calcium, uric acid, or bile acid form calculi.
- From Latin nīdus ("nest") (Wiktionary)
- Latin nīdus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tyndall had shown that in the moving particles of fine dust discovered by a ray of light in a dark room the germs of low forms of life, which would cause putrefaction, were ever present, and ready to spring into life when a favorable "nidus" for the development of the organism was provided.”
“Such was the 'nidus' or soil, which constituted, in the strict sense of the word, the circumstances of Milton's mind.”
“This observation of conflicting statements became the nidus forming PMW, a foundation which Itamar continues to direct today.”
“Such expanded, compassionate use programs with monitoring using the system we suggest could be the nidus of a transformation in the willingness of patients, companies, the FDA, Congress and society at large to support phase IV trials, albeit in innovative more cost-effective new ways, such as what we suggest.”
“But where Social Security established the nidus of a public institution that grew over time, the Senate bill proscribes any such new public institution.”
“The understory is characterized by extensive moss growth, both on the ground and on trees, as well as by the occurrence of epiphytic orchids such as Asplenium nidus and ferns such as Freycinetia sp.”
““Niche” entered English in the 17th century, a borrowing from the French, who had borrowed it from the Latin nidus nest.”
“I envision the club serving as a nidus for an after-school science club.”
“Other common tree species include Calophyllum inophyllum, Pandanus tectorius, Hernandia nymphaeifolia, Ficus tinctoria, Guettarda speciosa, the shrubs Suriana maritime, and Pemphis acidula, the fern Asplenium nidus, and the vine Ipomoea tuba.”
“In this case, should the hands of the milker be affected with little accidental sores to any extent, every sore would become the nidus of infection and feel the influence of the virus; and the degree of violence in the constitutional symptoms would be in proportion to the number and to the state of these local affections.”
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