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Splanchnic

Definition
adjective
Of, pertaining to, relating to, near to, or describing the viscera or entrails; visceral
Supplement
Etymologically, splanchnic may come from the Greek word splankhnon or from the more common form splankhna (which is the plural form) that means organ. 1 The term splanchnic therefore is used in describing the organs in the abdominal cavity (called visceral organs).2 The following terms are examples of the usage of splanchnic”:

  • splanchnic tissue
  • splanchnic nerve
  • splanchnic ganglion
  • splanchnic mesoderm
  • splanchnic circulation
  • splanchnic anesthesia
  • splanchnic cavity

For instance, splanchnic circulation refers to the circulation of the gastrointestinal tract from the celiac trunk, the inferior mesenteric artery, and the superior mesenteric artery.3
Word origin: Greek splankhnon, splankhna (innards, entrails)
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Related term(s):

  • Lesser splanchnic nerve
  • Abdominopelvic splanchnic nerves
  • Sacral splanchnic nerves
  • Upper thoracic splanchnic nerves
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    Reference(s):

    1 Autonomics of the Head and Neck – Page 4 of 14 anatomy module at med.umich.edu. URL: http://www.med.umich.edu/lrc/coursepages/m1/anatomy2010/html/modules/intro-autonomics-2-module/autonomics-04.html

    2 “splanchnic – Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary” . URL: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splanchnic

    3 Parks, DA; Jacobson, ED (July 1985). “Physiology of the splanchnic circulation.”. Archives of internal medicine 145 (7): 1278–81.


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