solar plexus


noun

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

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Origin of solar plexus

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

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British Dictionary definitions for solar plexus

solar plexus

noun

Also called: coeliac plexus anatomy the network of sympathetic nerves situated behind the stomach that supply the abdominal organs
(not in technical usage) the part of the stomach beneath the diaphragm; pit of the stomach

Word Origin for solar plexus

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

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Medicine definitions for solar plexus

solar plexus

n.

celiac plexus

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