Definition: 'Para-aortic Bodies'
para-aortic bodiesType: Term
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.
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