noun, singular: ganglion

(neuroanatomy) Mass of nerve tissue; a group of nerve cell bodies, especially nerve cells external to the brain or spinal cord.


In vertebrates the ganglia are located outside the brain or spinal cord.

There are two major groups of ganglia:

Word origin: From Greek, cystlike tumor, nerve bundle.
Related forms: ganglial (‘’adjective’’)

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