Meaning of nerve root

nerve' root"

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  1. a nerve fiber bundle that emerges from either side of the spinal cord and joins with a complementary bundle to form each spinal nerve in the series of spinal nerves: the root at the rear of the spinal cordorconveys sensations to the central nervous system, and the root at the frontconveys impulses to the muscles.
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