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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: gang'gle-on, -gle-a, -gle-onz


  1. Originally, any group of nerve cell bodies in the central or peripheral nervous system; currently, an aggregation of nerve cell bodies located in the peripheral nervous system.
  2. A cyst containing mucopolysaccharide-rich fluid within fibrous tissue or, occasionally, muscle bone or a semilunar cartilage; usually attached to a tendon sheath in the hand, wrist, or foot, or connected with the underlying joint.

Synonym(s): nerve ganglion, neural ganglion, neuroganglion

[G. a swelling or knot]

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