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 for nidus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nidus \Ni"dus\, n.; pl. nidi. [L. See Nidi, Nest.]
     A nest: a repository for the eggs of birds, insects, etc.; a
     breeding place; esp., the place or substance where parasites
     or the germs of a disease effect lodgment or are developed.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a central point or locus of an infection in an organism;
           "the focus of infection" [syn: focus, focal point,
      2: a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs

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