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Definition of node

1a : a pathological swelling or enlargement (as of a rheumatic joint)
b : a discrete mass of one kind of tissue enclosed in tissue of a different kind
2 : an entangling complication (as in a drama) : predicament
3 : either of the two points where the orbit of a planet or comet intersects the ecliptic also : either of the points at which the orbit of an earth satellite crosses the plane of the equator
4a : a point, line, or surface of a vibrating body or system that is free or relatively free from vibratory motion
b : a point at which a wave has an amplitude of zero
5a : a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center
b : a point on a stem at which a leaf or leaves are inserted
c : a point at which a curve intersects itself in such a manner that the branches have different tangents

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Examples of node in a Sentence

the doctor examined the node on my knee before deciding it was the result of arthritis
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First Known Use of node

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for node

Middle English, from Latin nodus knot, node; akin to Middle Irish naidm bond

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Kids Definition of node

: a thickened spot or part (as of a plant stem where a leaf develops)


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Medical Definition of node

1a : a pathological swelling or enlargement (as of a rheumatic joint)
b : a body part resembling a knot especially : a discrete mass of one kind of tissue enclosed in tissue of a different kind — see atrioventricular node, lymph node
2 : a point, line, or surface of a vibrating body that is free or relatively free of vibratory motion

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