Definition of nerve net in English:

nerve net


  • (in invertebrates such as coelenterates and flatworms) a diffuse network of neurons that conducts impulses in all directions from a point of stimulus.

    • ‘The cnidarian homolog of the nervous system is a nerve net that is largely ectodermal.’
    • ‘Here in this marine polyp with the primitive nerve net is clearly exhibited one of the most pervasive phenomena of the animal kingdom - decrement of response with repeated stimulation (habituation).’
    • ‘The nerve nets for these areas would be good antennae.’
    • ‘These rhopalial ganglia presumably sort this information and then distribute it to the appropriate effectors, the swim musculature, via the distributed nerve net of the subumbrella.’
    • ‘The nerve net has been implicated in the behavioral coordination amongst polyps in the colony.’