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nidus Syllabification: ni·dus
Pronunciation: /ˈnīdəs/

Definition of nidus in English:

noun (plural nidi-ˌdī or niduses)

1A place in which something is formed or deposited; a site of origin.
Example sentences
  • Joni had been the central nidus of her misery from Form One to Form Three.
  • Precipitated bilirubin may form a nidus for subsequent cholesterol deposition.
  • With Helen at the core, his nidus, Don's shiniest facet was as a family man.
1.1 Medicine A place in which bacteria have multiplied or may multiply; a focus of infection.
Example sentences
  • The central venous catheter, or an associated thrombus, can act as a nidus for infection.
  • Conversely, their longer degradation periods could lead to prolonged discomfort from foreign material that could also provide a nidus for infection.
  • They are predisposed to preoperative airway colonization and altered host defenses, thus creating a nidus for postoperative infection.


Late 17th century (in the sense 'place in which eggs or embryos are deposited'): from Latin, literally 'nest'.

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