glomus body

glomus body
a specialized type of arteriovenous shunt that helps regulate blood flow and maintain or regulate body temperature; these are found most abundantly in the skin of the hands and feet (especially the digital pads and nail beds), the skin of the nose and ears, and along certain nerves and blood vessels. See also glomus tumor, under tumor.

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  • Glomus body — The glomus body is not to be confused with the glomus cell which is a kind of chemoreceptor found in the carotid bodies and aortic bodies. A glomus body (or glomus apparatus) is a component of the dermis layer of the skin, involved in body… …   Wikipedia

  • glomus tumor — n a painful benign tumor that develops by hypertrophy of a glomus called also glomangioma * * * 1. a benign but painful tumor involving the arterial portion of a glomus body, usually found on the skin of the distal part of a finger or toe,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Glomus cell — The glomus cell is not to be confused with the glomus body found in the dermis layer of the skin. A glomus cell is a peripheral chemoreceptor, located in the carotid bodies and aortic bodies, that helps the body regulate breathing. When there is… …   Wikipedia

  • Glomus tumor — Infobox Disease Name = Glomus tumor Caption = DiseasesDB = 30732 ICD10 = ICD9 = ICDO = 8711/0 OMIM = 138000 MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = derm eMedicineTopic = 167 MeshID = D005918 : Glomus tumor was also the name formerly used for a tumor now… …   Wikipedia

  • glomus — 1. [TA] A small globular body. 2. A highly organized arteriolovenular anastomosis forming a tiny nodular focus in the nailbed, pads of the fingers and toes, ears, hands, and feet and many other organs of the body. The afferent arteriole enters… …   Medical dictionary

  • glomus caroticum — glomus ca·rot·i·cum kə rät i kəm n CAROTID BODY * * * [TA] carotid body: a small neurovascular structure lying in the bifurcation of the right and left carotid arteries, made up of richly innervated epithelioid glomus cells (type I) surrounded by …   Medical dictionary

  • Glomus — (Latin for ball ) can refer to: * Glomus (fungus) * Glomus tumor * Coccygeal glomus * Carotid glomus is another name for the carotid body * Glomus cell * Glomerulus is a small ball …   Wikipedia

  • glomus coccygeum — glomus coc·cy·ge·um käk sij ē əm n a small mass of vascular tissue situated near the tip of the coccyx called also coccygeal body, coccygeal gland, Luschka s gland * * * [TA] coccygeal body: an oval structure consisting of irregular masses of …   Medical dictionary

  • body — 1. The head, neck, trunk, and extremities. The human b., consisting of head (caput), neck (collum), trunk (truncus), and limbs (membra). 2. The material part of a human, as distinguished from the …   Medical dictionary

  • glomus jugulare tumor — a chemodectoma involving the tympanic body (glomus jugulare). It may cause symptoms in the ear (see glomus tympanicum t.) or in the mouth (hoarseness, dysphagia, aspiration, or tongue atrophy) …   Medical dictionary

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