[ gang-glee-uhn ]
/ ˈgæŋ gli ən /
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noun, plural gan·gli·a [gang-glee-uh], /ˈgæŋ gli ə/, gan·gli·ons.

  1. a mass of nerve tissue existing outside the central nervous system.
  2. 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.



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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
gan·gli·al, gan·gli·ar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ganglion

/ (ˈɡæŋɡlɪən) /

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
ganglial or gangliar, adjectiveganglionic or gangliated, adjective
C17: from Late Latin: swelling, from Greek: cystic tumour
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Medical definitions for ganglion

[ găngglē-ən ]

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
gangli•al adj.
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Scientific definitions for ganglion

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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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