geniculate body

geniculate body
geniculate body n either of two prominences of the diencephalon that comprise the metathalamus:
a) LATERAL GENICULATE BODY
b) MEDIAL GENICULATE BODY

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  • geniculate body — noun one of four small oval masses that protrude slightly from the underside of the thalamus and function as synaptic centers on the way to the cerebral cortex • Hypernyms: ↑neural structure • Hyponyms: ↑lateral geniculate body, ↑corpus… …   Useful english dictionary

  • geniculate body — (also geniculate nucleus) noun Anatomy either of two protuberances on the thalamus which relay auditory or visual impulses to the cerebral cortex …   English new terms dictionary

  • dorsal part of medial geniculate body — the part of the medial geniculate body overlying the dorsal part of the medial geniculate nucleus. Called also parvocellular p. of medial geniculate body …   Medical dictionary

  • ventral part of medial geniculate body — the part of the medial geniculate body overlying the ventral part of the medial geniculate nucleus; called also magnocellular p. of medial geniculate body …   Medical dictionary

  • lateral geniculate body — n a part of the metathalamus that consists of an oval elevation situated on the posterolateral surface of the thalamus, is the terminus of most fibers of the optic tract, and receives nerve impulses from the retinas which are relayed to the… …   Medical dictionary

  • medial geniculate body — n a part of the metathalamus consisting of a small oval tubercle situated between the pulvinar, colliculi, and cerebral peduncle that receives nerve impulses from the inferior colliculus and relays them to the auditory area compare LATERAL… …   Medical dictionary

  • dorsal part of lateral geniculate body — the part of the lateral geniculate body overlying the dorsal part of the lateral geniculate nucleus …   Medical dictionary

  • ventral part of lateral geniculate body — the part of the lateral geniculate body overlying the ventral part of the lateral geniculate nucleus …   Medical dictionary

  • lateral geniculate body — noun a neural structure that serves as a processing station on the way from the retina to the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex • Syn: ↑corpus geniculatum laterale, ↑lateral geniculate • Hypernyms: ↑geniculate body …   Useful english dictionary

  • medial geniculate body — noun a neural structure that serves as the last of a series of processing centers along the auditory pathway from the cochlea to the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex • Syn: ↑corpus geniculatum mediale, ↑medial geniculate • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

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