Definition of carotid body in English:

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carotid body

Entry from US English dictionary


A small mass of receptors in the carotid artery sensitive to chemical change in the blood.
Example sentences
  • Normally, when oxygen levels drop, the carotid body tells the nervous system that blood pressure must rise to deliver more oxygen to compensate for the shortfall.
  • De Castro documented that the carotid body contained type I and II cells and sensory nerve endings.
  • Enlargement of the carotid body is commonly found in cases of primary hypertension.
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