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carotid body

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noun Anatomy.
a small mass of cells and nerve endings adjacent to the carotid sinus that, in response to chemical changes in the blood, adjusts the respiratory rate.

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Also called carotid gland .

Origin of carotid body

First recorded in 1935–40
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Scientific definitions for carotid body

carotid body

A mass of tissue near the carotid sinus that contains chemical receptors sensitive to oxygen and pH levels in the blood and that is involved in the regulation of respiratory activity.
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