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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Show that similar effects are possible with sacral electrical stimulation via a sacral anterior root stimulator (SARS) implant in people with SCI (SARS implants are currently used for bladder emptying).
The anterior root of the medial meniscus is most often low signal on proton-density weighted (PDW) MR images.
In one study, treatment rates of urinary problems and rectal problems were 87% and 60%, respectively, during the long-term follow-up of patients with spinal damage who underwent sacral anterior root stimulation (51).
The roots of p3 and anterior root of p4 are visible.

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