One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Anatomy. Of a nerve: recurrent; specifically designating the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Now historical and rare.
2Characterized by or tending to reversal.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Lanfranc's Science of Cirurgie. Originally from post-classical Latin reversivus from classical Latin revers-, past participial stem of revertere + -īvus.
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