nidus

noun ni·dus \ ˈnī-dəs \

Definition of nidus

plural nidi play \ˈnī-ˌdī\ or niduses
1 :a nest or breeding place; especially :a place or substance in an animal or plant where bacteria or other organisms lodge and multiply
2 :a place where something originates, develops, or is located

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Examples of nidus in a Sentence

  1. a type of contact lens that proved to be a nidus of infection

Did You Know?

Nidus literally means "nest" in Latin, and some of its relatives in English suggest this connection in a straightforward way. For example, we have nidification, for the process of building a nest, and nidicolous, meaning "reared in a nest." But nidus itself, when used as an English word, is apt to refer to a place where bacteria lodge and multiply. Consequently, the extended use of nidus in English often has a negative connotation, referring to a source of undesirable opinions or behaviors.

Origin and Etymology of nidus

New Latin, from Latin


Medical Dictionary

nidus

noun ni·dus \ ˈnī-dəs \

medical Definition of nidus

plural nidi play \-ˌdī\ or niduses
:a place where something originates or is fostered or develops; specifically :the point of origin or focus of an infection or disease process


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