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solar plexus

Also called celiac plexus. Anatomy. a network of nerves situated at the upper part of the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the aorta.
a point on the stomach wall, just below the sternum, where a blow will affect this nerve center.
Origin of solar plexus
1765-75; so called from the raylike pattern of the nerve fibers Unabridged
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  • "It's a solar-plexus retort, just the same," said Carraway, as he shook his head and went to bed.

    The Booming of Acre Hill John Kendrick Bangs
  • Knocked 'is wind out, you 'ave. Struck 'im bang in the solar-plexus, blowed if you didn't!

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • And then, "Chance blow in the solar-plexus," someone was saying.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • When Mrs. B. gets 'old of a broom, or a mop, the safest thing to do is to draw in your solar-plexus an' run.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • This I applied over the solar-plexus and to the anterior surface of his body.

    Lincoln's Last Hours Charles A. Leale
  • Smoke caught the patient by the nose and tapped the solar-plexus section so as to make the mouth gasp open.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for solar-plexus

solar plexus

(anatomy) Also called coeliac plexus. the network of sympathetic nerves situated behind the stomach that supply the abdominal organs
(not in technical usage) the part of the stomach beneath the diaphragm; pit of the stomach
Word Origin
C18: referring to resemblance between the radial network of nerves and ganglia and the rays of the sun
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solar-plexus in Medicine

solar plexus n.
See celiac plexus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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