ganglion [ gang-glee- uhn ] SHOW IPA / ˈgæŋ gli ən / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural gan·gli·a [ gang-glee- uh], /ˈgæŋ gli ə/, gan·gli·ons. Anatomy. a mass of nerve tissue existing outside the central nervous system. any of certain masses of gray matter in the brain, as the basal ganglia. Pathology. a cyst or enlargement in connection with the sheath of a tendon, usually at the wrist. a center of intellectual or industrial force, activity, etc. QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Origin of ganglion
1675–85; <Late Latin: a type of swelling <Greek
gánglion a tumor under the skin, on or near a tendon OTHER WORDS FROM ganglion gan·gli·al, gan·gli·ar, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for ganglion
The whole of the ganglia must be concentrated in a limited area in the first segments, almost under the neck.
Beyond them are the abdominal ganglia, which I pass over in silence, as the operating insect does not have to trouble about them.
noun plural -glia ( -ɡlɪə) or -glions an encapsulated collection of nerve-cell bodies, usually located outside the brain and spinal cord any concentration of energy, activity, or strength a cystic tumour on a tendon sheath or joint capsule Derived forms of ganglion ganglial or gangliar, adjective ganglionic or gangliated, adjective Word Origin for ganglion
C17: from Late Latin: swelling, from Greek: cystic tumour
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n. pl. gan•gli•ons A group of nerve cells forming a nerve center, especially one located outside the brain or spinal cord. neuroganglion A benign tumorlike cyst containing mucopolysaccharide-rich fluid enclosed within fibrous tissue and usually attached to a tendon sheath in the hand, wrist, or foot. myxoid cyst synovial cyst Other words from ganglion gan ′gli•al adj.
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Plural ganglia A compact group of neurons enclosed by connective tissue and having a specific function. In invertebrate animals, pairs of ganglia occur at intervals along the axis of the body, with the forwardmost pair functioning like a brain. In vertebrates, ganglia are usually located outside the brain or spinal cord, where they regulate the functioning of the body's organs and glands as part of the autonomic nervous system.
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