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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.
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The ascendency which it was the purpose of the man of the world to establish over this savage instrument, was gained from that time.
ELLIE Goulding's star is definitely in the ascendency as she shines brightly at the OK Style Awards in Berlin.
Caldy hit back but a superb try begun and finished from Gavin Beasley put the home side back in the ascendency.
Starving on a Full Stomach focuses especially on three issues: the early definition of the causes of malnutrition within the context of a paternalistic state; the increasing ascendency of scientific and social scientific expertise; and, finally, the ways in which the state intervened or decided against intervening in African communities.
The Destruction of Art embraces every kind of slippage between the categories of art and nonart in this century: the slashing of Velazquez's Rokeby Venus by an outraged English suffragette in 1914; the ascendency of the readymade; the incorporation of destruction into art by Man Ray, Arman, Tinguely, and others; the removal of Serra's Tilted Arc from Federal Plaza in 1989.