Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The large network of sympathetic nerves and ganglia located in the peritoneal cavity behind the stomach and having branching tracts that supply nerves to the abdominal viscera.
  • noun The pit of the stomach.

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  • noun anatomy A complex network of nerves and ganglia, located within the abdomen behind the stomach.

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  • noun a large plexus of sympathetic nerves in the abdomen behind the stomach

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From its radially branching ganglia.]

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  • This is the area of my body that hurts when my heart is truly broken.

    January 20, 2008

  • When I was small I was always told to aim for the solar plexus if I was ever in a serious fight. But no one ever told me where it was.

    January 20, 2008

  • A plexus is a network of nerves, so I guess this refers to the "central network of nerves" ?

    January 20, 2008

  • I think it's the little dent at the bottom of your breastbone - where your ribcage bifurcates.

    January 20, 2008

  • My ribcage does no such thing! It...

    Oh.

    January 21, 2008

  • "Nevertheless, a point between the heart and the solar plexus would not relax, and never would relax in this life. A point which knows that in an environment like this, surrounded by gold and white and damask and annual incomes never below a million kroner, if one has been born a Gypsy, one must have come to the wrong place."

    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 18, 2008