gang liar


noun, plural ganglia [gang-glee-uh] , ganglions.
a mass of nerve tissue existing outside the central nervous system.
any of certain masses of gray matter in the brain, as the basal ganglia.
Pathology. a cyst or enlargement in connection with the sheath of a tendon, usually at the wrist.
a center of intellectual or industrial force, activity, etc.

1675–85; < Late Latin: a type of swelling < Greek gánglion a tumor under the skin, on or near a tendon

ganglial, gangliar, adjective Unabridged
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ganglion (ˈɡæŋɡlɪən)
n , pl -glia, -glions
1.  an encapsulated collection of nerve-cell bodies, usually located outside the brain and spinal cord
2.  any concentration of energy, activity, or strength
3.  a cystic tumour on a tendon sheath or joint capsule
[C17: from Late Latin: swelling, from Greek: cystic tumour]

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Word Origin & History

1681, from Gk. ganglion "tumor," used by Galen for "nerve bundle." Of unknown origin; according to Galen, the proper sense of the word was "anything gathered into a ball."
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Medical Dictionary

ganglion gan·gli·on (gāng'glē-ən)
n. pl. gan·gli·ons or gan·gli·a (-glē-ə)

  1. A group of nerve cells forming a nerve center, especially one located outside the brain or spinal cord. Also called neuroganglion.

  2. A benign tumorlike cyst containing mucopolysaccharide-rich fluid enclosed within fibrous tissue and usually attached to a tendon sheath in the hand, wrist, or foot. Also called myxoid cyst, synovial cyst.

gan'gli·al adj.
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ganglion   (gāng'glē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural ganglia
A compact group of neurons enclosed by connective tissue and having a specific function. In invertebrate animals, pairs of ganglia occur at intervals along the axis of the body, with the forwardmost pair functioning like a brain. In vertebrates, ganglia are usually located outside the brain or spinal cord, where they regulate the functioning of the body's organs and glands as part of the autonomic nervous system.
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