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superior cervical ganglion


Definition: the most superior and the largest of the paravertebral ganglia of the sympathetic trunk, lying near the base of the skull between the internal carotid artery and the internal jugular vein. All postsynaptic sympathetic fibers distributed to the head and upper neck are derived from the cell bodies that constitute this ganglion.

Synonym(s): ganglion cervicale superiusTA

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