ganglion


gan·gli·on

noun \ˈgaŋ-glē-ən\

medical : a mass of nerve cells

plural -glia \-glē-ə\ also gan·gli·ons

Full Definition of GANGLION

1
:  a small cystic tumor connected either with a joint membrane or tendon sheath
2
a :  a mass of nerve tissue containing cell bodies of neurons external to the brain or spinal cord; also :  nucleus 2b
b :  something likened to a nerve ganglion <a ganglion of cables and wires>
gan·gli·on·at·ed \ˈgaŋ-glē-ə-ˌnā-təd\ adjective
gan·gli·on·ic \ˌgaŋ-glē-ˈä-nik\ adjective

Origin of GANGLION

Late Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: circa 1681

Rhymes with GANGLION

gan·gli·on

noun \ˈgaŋ-glē-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural -glia \-glē-ə\ also gan·gli·ons

Medical Definition of GANGLION

1
: a small cystic tumor (as on the back of the wrist) containing viscid fluid and connected either with a joint membrane or tendon sheath
2
a : a mass of nerve tissue containing cell bodies of neurons that is located outside the central nervous system and forms an enlargement upon a nerve or upon two or more nerves at their point of junction or separation b : a mass of gray matter within the brain or spinal cord : nucleus 2—see basal ganglion

ganglion

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Aggregate of nerve-cell bodies outside the central nervous system (CNS). The spinal ganglion contains the nerve-cell bodies of the nerve fibres that carry impulses toward the CNS (afferent neurons in dorsal root ganglia) or away from it (efferent neurons in ventral root ganglia).

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