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carotid body

carotid body

noun

Definition of CAROTID BODY

:  a small body of vascular tissue that adjoins the carotid sinus, functions as a chemoreceptor sensitive to change in the oxygen content of blood, and mediates reflex changes in respiratory activity

First Known Use of CAROTID BODY

1925

carotid body

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CAROTID BODY

:  a small body of vascular tissue that adjoins the carotid sinus, functions as a chemoreceptor sensitive to change in the oxygen content of blood, and mediates reflex changes in respiratory activity—called also carotid gland, glomus caroticum

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