n. pl. ni·dus·es or ni·di (-dī)
1. A central point or focus of infection by bacteria or other pathogens.
2. A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, such as the center around which a calculus forms.
[Latin nīdus; see sed- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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