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The aortic body is one of several small cluster of chemoreceptors, baroreceptors, and supporting cells located along the aortic arch. It measures changes in blood pressure and the composition of arterial blood flowing past it, including the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide but not pH. The chemoreceptors responsible for sensing changes in blood gasses are called glomus cells. A Chemosensor, also known as chemoreceptor, is a cell or group of cells that transduce a chemical signal into an action potential. ... Baroreceptors (or baroceptors) in the human body detect the pressure of blood flowing though them, and can send messages to the central nervous system to increase or decrease total peripheral resistance and cardiac output. ... AORTA can also mean always-on real-time access, referring to WAN computer networks. ... General Name, Symbol, Number Oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 16 (VIA), 2, p Density, Hardness 1. ... Carbon dioxide is an atmospheric gas composed of one carbon and two oxygen atoms. ... PH or ph or pH or Ph may be: In chemistry, pH is a measure of acidity. ...

It gives feedback to the medulla oblongata via the afferent branches of the vagus nerve (X). The medulla, in turn, regulates breathing and blood pressure. The medulla oblongata is the lower portion of the brainstem. ... The vagus nerve is tenth of twelve cranial nerves and the only nerve that starts in the brainstem (somewhere in the medulla oblongata) and extends way down past the head, all the way down to the abdomen. ...


A paraganglioma is a tumor that may involve the aortic body.

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