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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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The ileal loops were found strangulated under a non- mesenteric loop of intestine with its blind end attached to the root of mesentery causing internal hernia-like condition (fig 2).
Meckel's diverticulum had caused the strangulation of ileal loops underneath it as it was a long (giant) diverticulum of 15cm with tip attached to the root of mesentery probably due to previous inflammatory pathology.
Desmoid can occur anywhere in the body but generally occur in the root of mesentery (Intra-abdominal), in the abdominal wall (Abdominal desmoids) and outside the abdomen, primary in the shoulder or pelvic girdle (Extra-abdominal)