reinnervation

noun

re·​in·​ner·​va·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌi-(ˌ)nər-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reinnervation (audio)
-i-ˌnər-
: the process of innervating a part of the body that has lost nerve supply (as from injury or disease) : the restoration of function to a denervated body part and especially a muscle by supplying it with nerves through regrowth or grafting
reinnervation of the biceps
reinnervate
(ˌ)rē-i-ˈnər-ˌvāt How to pronounce reinnervation (audio)
-ˈi-(ˌ)nər-
transitive verb
reinnervated; reinnervating
… many polio survivors regain function as their muscles are reinnervated by neighboring motor axons that extend axonal sprouts to the orphaned fibers … The Journal of the American Medical Association

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reinnervation was in 1880

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“Reinnervation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reinnervation. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

reinnervation

noun
re·​in·​ner·​va·​tion ˌrē-ˌin-(ˌ)ər-ˈvā-shən, -in-ˌər- How to pronounce reinnervation (audio)
: the process of innervating a part of the body that has lost nerve supply (as from injury or disease) : the restoration of function to a denervated body part and especially a muscle by supplying it with nerves through regrowth or grafting
reinnervate transitive verb
reinnervated; reinnervating
When a nerve is transected, the axons within the nerve will attempt to regenerate and grow to eventually reinnervate the distal limb. Marisol A. Hanley et al.
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