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inflammation progressing along a nerve trunk toward the periphery.
Etymology: L, descendere, to descend; Gk, neuron, nerve, itis, inflammation
a form of neuritis that spreads downward from the upper part of the nervous system.
descending neuritisA term of waning use that was conceived when prevailing thought held that inflammatory processes travelled down nerves from a central point.
de·scend·ing neu·ri·tis(dĕ-sending nūr-ītis)
Inflammation progressing along a nerve trunk toward the periphery.