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noeud vital

Pronunciation: nu ve-tal'

Definition: A circumscript region in the lower part of the medulla oblongata, near the apex of the calamus scriptorius, interpreted by M. Flourens (1858) as a nerve center that controls respiration.

Synonym(s): vital knot, vital node

[Fr.]

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