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Plate 6.86 Cerebral Cortex: Betz Cell

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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CEREBRAL CORTEX
Betz cell

Plate 6.86 Cerebral Cortex: Betz Cell

Dog, alcohol-ammonium fixation, Ranson's method, 162 x.

This is a section from the cerebral motor cortex (Area 4), where the pyramidal cells of Betz are found. Note the large multipolar cell body (perikaryon) and the apical dendrite directed toward the surface of the cortex. Surrounding these nerve cell bodies are processes of neural and glial origin (neuropil). In the neuropil, innumerable synaptic contacts (not seen by this method) occur between nerve cells and their processes.

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