prevertebral gangliamedical dictionary

The sympathetic ganglia (coeliac, aorticorenal, superior and inferior mesenteric) lying in front of the vertebral column, as distinguished from the ganglia of the sympathetic trunk (paravertebral ganglia); these ganglia occur mostly around the origin of the major branches of the abdominal aorta; all are in the abdomino-pelvic cavity, concerned with innervation of abdomino-pelvic viscera.

(05 Mar 2000)