plex·​us | \ˈplek-səs \
plural plexuses\ˈplek-​sə-​səz \

Definition of plexus 

1 : a network of anastomosing or interlacing blood vessels or nerves

2 : an interwoven combination of parts or elements in a structure or system

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There is a plexus of vessels under the forked tongue where the detomidine is absorbed. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, "Orange World," 4 June 2017 In fact, the suspension seems a bit on the soft side to me in that there’s more bounce after a major bump than a straight shot to the solar plexus. Mark Savage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Savage on Wheels: 2017 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4," 25 July 2017 I was permanently transformed by it, socked from my solar plexus right down to my molecular makeup. Ann Hornaday,, "If Daniel Day-Lewis is really done acting, is it any surprise he did it on his own terms?," 23 June 2017 In the eighth, Barthelemy threw a crushing right to the solar plexus that sent Relikh to his knees, and the Cuban seemed to be getting his moxie back. Bob Velin, USA TODAY, "Rances Barthelemy wins controversial unanimous decision against Kiryl Relikh," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of plexus

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plexus

New Latin, from Latin plectere to braid — more at ply

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plex·​us | \ˈplek-səs \
plural plexuses

Kids Definition of plexus

: a network usually of nerves or blood vessels


plex·​us | \ˈplek-səs \
plural plexuses

Medical Definition of plexus 

: a network of anastomosing or interlacing blood vessels or nerves

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