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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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Detailed anatomy of the motor and sensory roots of the trigeminal nerve and their neurovascular relationships: A magnetic resonance imaging study.
However, this does not apply to the more troublesome sensory root, which surgeons couldn't reconnect properly until recently.
Response of trigeminal neuralgia to decompression of sensory root. Discussion of cause of trigeminal neuralgia.
DISCUSSION: Trigeminal schwannomas are slow-growing encapsulated tumors composed of differentiated schwann cells of sensory root. It can originate in any section of the trigeminal nerve.