- 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.
Origin of ganglion
Related Words for ganglionheadquarters, hotbed, core, focus, heart, hub, HQ, epicenter, ganglion, switchboard
Examples from the Web for ganglion
Historical Examples of ganglion
From the ganglion of the shoulders, also, the child breathes and his heart beats.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
The nerves connected with this ganglion were long and slender.
It forms a continuation of the root rather than of the ganglion.
The junction is from the first at some little distance from the ganglion.
Fibers which leave the ganglion laterally from ventral cells.
- 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
Word Origin for ganglion
1680s, from Greek ganglion "tumor," used by Galen for "nerve bundle." Of unknown origin; according to Galen, the proper sense of the word was "anything gathered into a ball."
- 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
- 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.