brachial plexus


: a network of nerves lying mostly in the armpit and supplying nerves to the chest, shoulder, and arm

Examples of brachial plexus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Court records indicate that the CFSA got involved with the baby after she was born with traces of cocaine in her urine and brachial plexus palsy, which caused muscle paralysis in her right arm. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 27 May 2023 Young-Craddock has brachial plexus, a disability that affects her running form and causes nerve damage and limited mobility in her right arm. Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2022 The bullet damaged his brachial plexus — the network of nerves that serves as a line of communication between his spinal cord and his arm. Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021 Less commonly, one or more nerves can be compressed in the neck or in the brachial plexus in the armpit. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 28 May 2021 Teylor Sabasta, who has nerve and tendon damage from a brachial plexus injury at birth, attended Southwestern College and was on the school’s track team. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2021 The brachial plexus is the network of nerves responsible for sending signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm and hand, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. al, 11 Apr. 2021 The young man had something called Parsonage-Turner syndrome, an inflammation of the nerves of the brachial plexus, the neurologist reported. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2020 The brachial plexus is the segment of nerve fibers that connect the spinal cord to the peripheral nerves in the shoulder and arm, the neurologist explained. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brachial plexus was in 1801

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“Brachial plexus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

brachial plexus

: a complex network of nerves that is formed chiefly by the lower four cervical nerves and the first thoracic nerve, lies partly within the axilla, and supplies nerves to the chest, shoulder, and arm

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