noeud vital

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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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At the hearing into the death of Keith Waddell, the coroner said no-one would ever know whether a vital knot had been tied or become untied.