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Medical Term:

celiac ganglia


Definition: the largest and highest group of prevertebral sympathetic ganglia, located on the superior part of the abdominal aorta, on either side of the origin of the celiac artery; consists of postsynaptic sympathetic neurons the unmyelinated axons of which innervate the stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, small intestine, and ascending and transverse colon.

Synonym(s): ganglia coeliacaTA, solar ganglia, Vieussens ganglia, Willis centrum nervosum

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