dorsal root

noun

Definition of dorsal root 

: the one of the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes dorsally to the spinal cord and consists of sensory fibers

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With genital herpes, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 hunker down next to your spine in the dorsal root ganglia. Becky Little, Smithsonian, "Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?," 23 Mar. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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dorsal root

noun

Medical Definition of dorsal root 

: the one of the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes posteriorly to the spinal cord separating the posterior and lateral funiculi and that consists of sensory fibers

called also posterior root

— compare ventral root

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