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solar plexus

Also called celiac plexus. Anatomy. a network of nerves situated at the upper part of the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the aorta.
a point on the stomach wall, just below the sternum, where a blow will affect this nerve center.
Origin of solar plexus
First recorded in 1765-75; so called from the raylike pattern of the nerve fibers Unabridged
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solar plexus

(anatomy) Also called coeliac plexus. the network of sympathetic nerves situated behind the stomach that supply the abdominal organs
(not in technical usage) the part of the stomach beneath the diaphragm; pit of the stomach
Word Origin
C18: referring to resemblance between the radial network of nerves and ganglia and the rays of the sun
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solar plexus in Medicine

solar plexus n.
See celiac plexus.

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