Definitions for ganglionˈgæŋ gli ən; -gli ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gan•gli•onˈgæŋ gli ən; -gli ə(n.)(pl.)-gli•a; -gli•ons.

  1. a concentrated mass of interconnected nerve cells.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. a cystic tumor formed on the sheath of a tendon.

    Category: Pathology

  3. a center of intellectual or industrial force, activity, etc.

Origin of ganglion:

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

gan`gli•on′ic-ˈɒn ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ganglion(noun)

    an encapsulated neural structure consisting of a collection of cell bodies or neurons


  1. ganglion(Noun)

    A mass of tissue.

  2. ganglion(Noun)

    A cluster of interconnecting nerve cells outside the brain.

  3. ganglion(Noun)

    A centre of power or authority

  4. Origin: From γάγγλιον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ganglion(noun)

    a mass or knot of nervous matter, including nerve cells, usually forming an enlargement in the course of a nerve

  2. Ganglion(noun)

    a node, or gland in the lymphatic system; as, a lymphatic ganglion

  3. Ganglion(noun)

    a globular, hard, indolent tumor, situated somewhere on a tendon, and commonly formed by the effusion of a viscid fluid into it; -- called also weeping sinew


  1. Ganglion

    In anatomy, a ganglion is a biological tissue mass, most commonly a mass of nerve cell bodies. Cells found in a ganglion are called ganglion cells, though this term is also sometimes used to refer specifically to retinal ganglion cells.


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