a. The term visceral organs may be used to include:
(1) The various hollow organs of the body whose walls have smooth muscle tissue in them. Examples are the blood vessels and the gut.
b. The visceral organs are innervated by the ANS. This results in a "visceral motor system." For most of us, the control of the visceral organs is automatic, that is, without conscious control. However, recent research demonstrates that conscious control of some of the visceral organs is possible after proper training.
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