neural crest

noun

Definition of neural crest 

: the ridge of one of the folds forming the neural tube that gives rise to the spinal ganglia and various structures of the autonomic nervous system

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While some early scientists couldn’t pin down why these unplanned physical traits appeared, others had an idea: neural crest cells. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Why Do Some Dogs Have Floppy Ears? Listen Up: Science Has the Answer," 30 Jan. 2018 The research team focused on neural crest cells, which are critical building blocks for the heart, face and jaw. Susan Scutti, CNN, "How fever in early pregnancy can cause birth defects," 10 Oct. 2017

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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neural crest

noun

Medical Definition of neural crest 

: the ridge of one of the folds forming the neural tube that gives rise to the spinal ganglia and various structures of the autonomic nervous system

called also neural ridge

— compare neural plate

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