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accessory

 [ak-ses´ah-re]
supplementary or affording aid to another similar and generally more important thing.
accessory nerve the eleventh cranial nerve (called also spinal accessory nerve); it originates in the medulla oblongata and provides motion for the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles of the neck. See anatomic Table of Nerves in the Appendices.

ac·ces·so·ry

(ak-ses'ō-rē), Avoid the mispronunciation uh-ses'ō-rē. Do not confuse this word with accessary.
anatomy denoting structures (muscles, arteries, nerves, glands, and others) that are auxiliary (normally present) or supernumerary (anomalous) to another more typical or larger structure of the same type. Most often, accessory structures are duplication variations.
Synonym(s): accessorius
[L. accessorius, fr. ac-cedo, pp. -cessus, to move toward]

accessory

/ac·ces·so·ry/ (ak-ses´ah-re) supplementary; affording aid to another similar and generally more important thing.

accessory

[akses′ərē]
Etymology: L, accessonis, appendage
1 a supplementary item, desirable but not necessary, used chiefly for convenience or for safety, such as the electric elevator mechanisms for hospital beds.
2 a structure that serves one of the main anatomical systems, such as the accessory sex organs in men and women or the accessory organs of the skin, including the hair, the nails, and the skin glands.
3 one who aids in perpetrating a crime.

ac·ces·so·ry

(ak-ses'ŏr-ē)
anatomy Denoting a muscle, nerve, gland, or organ, which is auxiliary or supernumerary to some other, generally more important structure.
[L. accessorius, fr. ac-cedo, pp. -cessus, to move toward]

ac·ces·so·ry

(ak-ses'ŏr-ē)
anatomy denoting structures (muscles, arteries, nerves, glands, and others) that are auxiliary (normally present) or supernumerary (anomalous) to another more typical or larger structure of the same type.
Synonym(s): accessorius.
[L. accessorius, fr. ac-cedo, pp. -cessus, to move toward]

accessory,

adj providing complementary or supplementary assistance.

accessory

supplementary or affording aid to another similar and generally more important thing.

accessory nerve
see Table 14.
accessory sex glands
any gland, other than the gonad, associated with the genital tract, such as the ampulla of the ductus deferens and the bulbourethral, prostate and vesicular glands of the male.
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Shaleek Kea, 32, of the Worcester County House of Correction, accessory before the fact, dismissed as indicted; conspiracy, dismissed as indicted.
William Reyes-Lassen, 22, of the Worcester County House of Correction, accessory before the fact, dismissed as indicted; conspiracy, dismissed as indicted.
Worcester, charged with being an accessory before the fact of a crime (burning a vehicle), placed on probation for one year, ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free, to submit to random drug tests, and to complete 40 hours of community service; conspiracy, burning a vehicle, burning a vehicle to defraud insurer, and being an accessory after the fact of a crime (burning a vehicle), dismissed.
Dudley, is charged with being an accessory before the fact, being an accessory after the fact, giving a false statement, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Leominster, who was charged with a count of accessory before the fact and a count of accessory after the fact, in connection with the same incident, also will be tried the same day.
Atkinson was charged with being an accessory before the fact, armed robbery, and accessory after the fact.