Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Anatomy A bundle or band of sensory nerve fibers.

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  • n. One of two oval bodies hanging from the interior walls of the body in the Acanthocephala.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of two oval bodies hanging from the interior walls of the body in the Acanthocephala.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anc. costume, a woolen fillet or ribbon pendent at the back of the head from diadems, crowns, etc. It was likewise attached to prizes as a mark of additional honor.
  • n. In anatomy:
  • n. One of the minute ribbon-like appendages of the generative pores of some entozoans, as Echinorhynchus. See cut under Acanthocephala.
  • n. Same as fillet, 9.
  • n. In zoology, a genus of acalephs.
  • n. A kind of reference-mark such as the modern asterisk, obelisk, etc., consisting of a straight line drawn between two points or dots (÷), formerly used by textual critics in their annotations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin lēmniscus, ribbon, from Greek lēmniskos, perhaps from Lēmnos, Lemnos.

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Latin. See lemniscata.

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