Description

The carotid sinus is a dilated area of the carotid bifurcation and of the base of the internal carotid artery, at the level of the superior border of thyroid cartilage.

The carotid sinus is sensitive to pressure changes in the arterial blood at this level. It is the major baroreception site in humans and most mammals.


This definition incorporates text from the wikipedia website - Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. (2004, July 22). FL: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2004, from http://www.wikipedia.org

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