Vagal Body Definition


Vagal Body: Small clusters of chemoreceptive and supporting cells located near the aortic arch, the pulmonary arteries, and the coronary arteries. The aortic bodies sense pH, carbon dioxide, and oxygen concentrations in the blood and participate in the control of respiration.

Synonym: glomus aorticum, aortic glomus, aortic body, glomus vagale.