carotid body

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carotid body

[kə′räd·əd ‚bäd·ē]
(anatomy)
Either of two chemoreceptors sensitive to changes in blood chemistry which lie near the bifurcations of the carotid arteries. Also known as glomus caroticum.
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Impulses from the carotid bodies travel via the glossopharyngeal (9th) cranial nerve to the central respiratory centers in the brain stem to stimulate or suppress breathing as needed.
Although such stimulation of the carotid bodies is very rapid, its overall effect for control of normal ventilation is only about 20% to 30% of the total response.
The cells came from the carotid bodies, two tiny glands in the neck that sense when oxygen in the blood is running low.