gangliated cord -->
sympathetic trunk
medical dictionary

One of the two long ganglionated nerve strands alongside the vertebral column that extend from the base of the skull to the coccyx; they are connected to each spinal nerve by gray rami and receive fibres from the spinal cord through white rami connecting with the thoracic and upper lumbar spinal nerves.

Synonyms: truncus sympathicus, gangliated cord.

(05 Mar 2000)