nerve cord

noun

Definition of nerve cord

  1. 1 :  the pair of closely united ventral longitudinal nerves with their segmental ganglia that is characteristic of many elongate invertebrates (such as earthworms)

  2. 2 :  the dorsal tubular cord of nervous tissue above the notochord of a chordate that comprises or develops into the central nervous system

1877

First Known Use of nerve cord

1877


Medical Dictionary

nerve cord

noun

Medical Definition of nerve cord

  1. :  the dorsal tubular cord of nervous tissue above the notochord of a chordate that in vertebrates includes or develops an anterior enlargement comprising the brain and a more posterior part comprising the spinal cord with the two together making up the central nervous system

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