One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling a cord; specifically (especially in "restiform body") designating the inferior cerebellar peduncle, a bundle of nerve fibres connecting the spinal cord and medulla oblongata with the cerebellum; of or relating to this.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Johann Spurzheim (1776–1832). From post-classical Latin restiformis from classical Latin restis rope, cord (probably ultimately from the same Indo-European base as Sanskrit rajju rope, cord, Lithuanian rezginės netting, rezginys tangle, web, Latvian režģis grid, grating, lattice) + -formis.
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