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

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1925

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carotid body

noun

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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