solar plexus

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noun
  1. Also called celiac plexus. Anatomy. a network of nerves situated at the upper part of the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the aorta.

  2. a point on the stomach wall, just below the sternum, where a blow will affect this nerve center.

Origin of solar plexus

1
First recorded in 1765–75; so called from the raylike pattern of the nerve fibers

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How to use solar plexus in a sentence

  • He was conscious of a vague buzzing between his ears and there was a pleasant mellow glow in the region of his solar plexus.

    Death Makes A Mistake | P.F. Costello
  • That form of clairvoyance is a sensitiveness related to the sympathetic nervous system, the center of which is the solar plexus.

    Elementary Theosophy | L. W. Rogers
  • You're morbidly blue because your solar plexus has gone to sleep; give it half an hour of internal vibration.

    Supreme Personality | Delmer Eugene Croft

British Dictionary definitions for solar plexus

solar plexus

noun
  1. Also called: coeliac plexus anatomy the network of sympathetic nerves situated behind the stomach that supply the abdominal organs

  2. (not in technical usage) the part of the stomach beneath the diaphragm; pit of the stomach

Origin of solar plexus

1
C18: referring to resemblance between the radial network of nerves and ganglia and the rays of the sun

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