aortic body

n.

One of the small bilateral structures, attached to a small branch of the aorta near its arch, and containing chemoreceptors that respond primarily to decreases in blood oxygen concentration.

Nearby words

  1. aorta,
  2. aortalgia,
  3. aortic arch,
  4. aortic arch syndrome,
  5. aortic atresia,
  6. aortic bulb,
  7. aortic foramen,
  8. aortic insufficiency,
  9. aortic murmur,
  10. aortic notch


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