Para-aortic bodies

Type:Term

Definitions
1. small masses of chromaffin tissue found near the sympathetic ganglia along the aorta; they are more prominent during fetal life. The chromaffin cells secrete noradrenalin; chemoreceptive endings monitor levels of blood gases.

Synonyms
corpora paraaortica , aortic glomera , glomera aortica , aortic bodies , corpus aorticum , glomus aorticum , organs of Zuckerkandl , Zuckerkandl bodies

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