reinnervation

noun re·in·ner·va·tion \ (ˌ)rē-ˌi-(ˌ)nər-ˈvā-shən , -i-ˌnər- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of reinnervation

: 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

play \(ˌ)rē-i-ˈnər-ˌvāt, -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

First Known Use of reinnervation

1880

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reinnervation

noun re·in·ner·va·tion \ ˌrē-ˌin-(ˌ)ər-ˈvā-shən, -in-ˌər- \

medical Definition of reinnervation

: restoration of function especially to a denervated muscle by supplying it with nerves by regrowth or by grafting

reinnervate

play \-in-ˈər-ˌvāt, -ˈin-(ˌ)ər-\ transitive verb reinnervated; reinnervating

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