nerve cord

nerve cord
noun
: a cord of nervous tissue; specifically : the pair of closely united ventral longitudinal nerves with their segmental ganglia that is characteristic of many elongate invertebrates (as earthworms)

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1. a single hollow tract of nervous tissue that constitutes the central nervous system of chordates and develops into the spinal cord and brain in vertebrates.
2. a solid double strand of nerve fibers along the length of the body in elongate invertebrates, as earthworms and insects, connecting with a pair of nerve ganglia at each body segment.
[1875-80]

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nerve cord noun
A cord of nerve tissue that runs the length of an animal's body
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Main Entry:nerve

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n. Zoology the major cord of nerve fibers running the length of an animal's body, esp. a ventral cord in invertebrates that connects segmental nerve ganglia

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