nerve net

noun

: a network of neurons apparently continuous with one another and conducting impulses in all directions
also : a primitive nervous system (as in a jellyfish) consisting of such a network

Examples of nerve net in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, these groups are apparently more closely related to us than comb jellies, which have nerve nets and muscle cells. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 17 May 2023 To find out how this was controlled, the researchers dissected the central core of the jellyfish, which contains its digestive organs, and the bell, which contains much of the animal's nerve net. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2023 Many cnidarians have sections of the nerve net with higher concentrations of neurons, but these don't seem to have been associated with any specific functions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nerve net was in 1904

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“Nerve net.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nerve%20net. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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nerve net

noun
: a network of neurons that seem to be continuous one with another and carry impulses in all directions
also : a nervous system (as in a jellyfish) consisting of such a network

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