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English definition of “nerve”

nerve

noun [C] (BODY)    /nɜːv/ US  /nɝːv/
C2 a group of long , thin fibres (= structures like threads ) that carry information or instructions between the brain and other parts of the body : the optic nerve a spinal nerve nerve damage nerve fibres Substances and structures in the bodyThe brain and nervous system
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