noeud vital

noeud vi·tal

(nū vē-tal'),
A circumscript region in the lower part of the medulla oblongata, near the apex of the calamus scriptorius, interpreted by M. Flourens (1858) as a nerve center that controls respiration.
Synonym(s): vital knot, vital node
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Lesions in this area, his noeud vital, stopped respiration in animals.
Over the next century or so, researchers tried to better define the boundaries of the noeud vital.
In the mid-1980s, Smith joined Feldman's group and began an effort to further pinpoint the noeud vital.
At the Society for Neuroscience meeting, Boston researchers investigating the origin of SIDS reported that the receptor for substance P may have led them to the human noeud vital.
An equally big question for McCrimmon and others who embrace the PBC as the noeud vital is how the basic respiratory rhythm of eupnea arises, seemingly from fewer than 1,000 nerve cells.
ONE NODE OR TWO It may take longer to address the tantalizing question of whether there's a more primitive noeud vital within the mammalian brain, an issue Feldman broached at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.