Etymology: Gk, pan + kreas + L, lien, spleen, nodus, knot
a node in one of three groups of lymph glands associated with branches of the abdominal and pelvic viscera that are supplied by branches of the celiac artery. The pancreaticolienal nodes accompany the splenic artery along the posterior surface and the upper border of the pancreas. Their afferent vessels, which originate from the stomach, the spleen, and the pancreas, join the celiac group of preaortic nodes. Also called splenic gland. Compare gastric node, hepatic node.