greater splanchnic nervemedical dictionary

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<anatomy> Uppermost of the abdominopelvic splanchnic which arises from the fifth or sixth to the ninth or tenth thoracic sympathetic ganglia in the thorax and passes downward along the bodies of the thoracic vertebrae, penetrating the diaphragm to join the coeliac plexus; conveys presynaptic sympathetic fibres to the coeliac ganglia, and visceral afferent fibres from the coeliac plexus.

Synonyms: nervus splanchnicus major.

(05 Mar 2000)