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ascend

(ă-send′) [L. ascendere, to climb up]
To move from the lower part of the body toward the head. Guillain-Barré syndrome is an example of an ascending paralysis, which begins in the feet and progresses upward to the muscles of the legs, abdomen, and chest.
References in classic literature ?
People who have ascended the towers of Notre-Dame know that there is a swell of the stone immediately beneath the balustrade.
He then remounted his feet, ascended to the pulpit, and resumed his discourse, making no allusion to the incident.
The various expeditions that had ascended the Nile could never manage to reach the mysterious source of that river.