ganglion[gaŋ′glē ən, -än′]
ganglion definition by Webster's New World
- a mass of nerve cells serving as a center from which nerve impulses are transmitted
- a center of force, energy, activity, etc.
- a cystic tumor on a tendon sheath
Origin: special use of Late Latin ganglion, a swelling ; from Classical Greek tumor, probably reduplicated, reduplication ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, to form into a ball from source cling, clod
- ganglionic adjective
ganglion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. gan·gli·a or gan·gli·ons
- Anatomy A group of nerve cells forming a nerve center, especially one located outside the brain or spinal cord.
- A center of power, activity, or energy.
- Pathology A benign cystic lesion resembling a tumor, occurring in a tendon sheath or joint capsule.
Origin: From Greek, cystlike tumor, nerve bundle.
- ganˌgli·onˈic adjective
ganglion - Medical Definition
noun pl. gan·gli·ons or gan·gli·a
- A group of nerve cells forming a nerve center, especially one located outside the brain or spinal cord. Also called neuroganglion.
- 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.
- ganglial adjective
ganglion - Science Definition
Plural ganglia ganglia