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.
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- aortic arch,
- aortic arch syndrome,
- aortic atresia,
- aortic bulb,
- aortic foramen,
- aortic insufficiency,
- aortic murmur,
- aortic notch
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