brachial plexus


Definition of 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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brachial plexus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of brachial plexus

1801, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About brachial plexus

Time Traveler for brachial plexus

Time Traveler

The first known use of brachial plexus was in 1801

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near brachial plexus

brachial ossicle

brachial plexus


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for brachial plexus

Cite this Entry

“Brachial plexus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for brachial plexus

brachial plexus


Medical Definition of 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

More from Merriam-Webster on brachial plexus Encyclopedia article about brachial plexus


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!