Medical Term:

para-aortic bodies

 

Definition: small masses of chromaffin tissue found near the sympathetic ganglia along the aorta; they are more prominent during fetal life. The chromaffin cells secrete noradrenalin; chemoreceptive endings monitor levels of blood gases.

Synonym(s): corpora paraaorticaTA, aortic glomera, glomera aortica, aortic bodies, corpus aorticum, glomus aorticum, organs of Zuckerkandl, Zuckerkandl bodies

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