What are ganglia in the nervous system?

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Jan 23, 2016

Answer:

Ganglia are oval shaped structures which contain cell bodies of neuron, glial cells and connective tissue.

Explanation:

Ganglia are part of peripheral nervous system. They work as relay station for nerve signals. One nerve enters and another nerve exits from each ganglion (singular: ganglion plural: ganglia).

There are 2 types of ganglia : Sensory & Autonomic.
Sensory ganglia receive signal from periphery and send them to brain.
In case of Autonomic ganglia the nerve signal travel in opposite direction.

The picture of a sensory ganglia : Dorsal Root Ganglion
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Diagram of autonomic nervous system. See the autonomic ganglia : prevertebral and paravertebral.
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