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nidus

Noun

1 a central point or locus of an infection in an organism; "the focus of infection" [syn: focus, focal point]
2 a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs [also: nidi (pl)]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la nidus#Latin

Noun

  1. A nest for insects or small animals
  2. A locus of infection in an organism
  3. An originating point for a phenomenon

Latin

Noun

  1. nest
  2. dwelling for animals

Inflection

Descendants

Extensive Definition

A nidus may refer to:
  • A nest for insects or small animals
  • A locus of infection in an organism
  • An originating point for a phenomenon
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