Medical Term:

carotid sinus

 

Definition: a slight dilation of the common carotid artery at its bifurcation into external and internal carotids; it contains baroreceptors that, when stimulated, slow the heart, cause vasodilation, and lower blood pressure; innervated primarily by the glossopharyngeal nerve.

Synonym(s): sinus caroticusTA, carotid bulb

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