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, in the meaning defined above

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“Carotid body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carotid%20body. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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