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

  • adj. Of or relating to the viscera; visceral: a splanchnic nerve.

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  • adj. Of, in, near or pertaining to the viscera or intestines

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the viscera; visceral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the viscera or entrails; visceral; intestinal: enteric.
  • n. A splanchnic nerve.

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  • adj. relating to or affecting the viscera


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

New Latin splanchnicus, from Greek splankhnikos, from splankhna, inward parts.

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New Latin splanchnicus, from Ancient Greek σπλαγχνικός (splankhnikos), from σπλάγχνα (splankhna, "viscera") + -ικός (-ikos, "-ic")


  • Although the human heart and kidneys are both close to the size expected for a 65-kg primate, the mass of the splanchnic organs the abdominal organs is approximately 900 g less that expected.

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  • For example, breathing in quick abdominal breaths—the Breath of Fire—stimulates the splanchnic nerves in the abdominal cavity, and potentiates release of stimulating epinephrine and norepinephrine.

    Meditation as Medicine

  • • Stimulation of the splanchnic nerves, causing increased output of epinephrine and norepinephrine

    Meditation as Medicine

  • As brain and nerves adjusted and endocrines responded, the primitive centers - gustatory, splanchnic, olfactory - grew active, too.


  • Tsudzimura15, that the effects of splanchnic nerve stimulation are transmitted to the cells of the suprarenal medulla by the release of acetylcholine in that tissue.

    Sir Henry Dale - Nobel Lecture

  • The splanchnic nerves (splank'nik; "viscera" G), which originate from some of the thoracic nerves, have their preganglionic fibers ending in a mass of ganglia (a "plexus") lying j'ust behind the stomach.

    The Human Brain

  • The patient is lying on his left side with the right arm over his head and the operator carefully works over the whole hepatic region not forgetting the three splanchnic nerves.

    Massage and the Original Swedish Movements

  • In splanchnic neurasthenia we have first of all to overcome the intense congestion of blood in the splanchnic and abdominal veins in general.

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  • —Each typical spinal nerve contains fibers belonging to two systems, viz., the somatic, and the sympathetic or splanchnic, as well as fibers connecting these systems with each other (Fig. 799).

    IX. Neurology. 6. The Spinal Nerves

  • The sympathetic efferent fibers (splanchnic motor; viscero-motor; preganglionic fibers) are supposed to arise from cells in the intermediate zone between the dorsal and ventral gray columns and in the intermedio-lateral column at the margin of the lateral column.

    IX. Neurology. 4d. Composition and Central Connections of the Spinal Nerves


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