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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 17 - Central Nervous System

Plate 17.357 Caudate Nucleus

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 17.357 Caudate Nucleus

Human, 10% formalin, Weigert's hematoxylin (Loyez), 4 x.


Corpus callosum: C-shaped massive bundle of heavily myelinated fibers. Connects the two hemispheres. Important in interhemispheric transfer of information. Figure shows the body of the corpus callosurn and extensions into the frontal pole (forceps minor) and into the occipital pole (forceps major).

Caudate nucleus: Another C-shaped mass of gray matter closely related to the lateral ventricle. A component of the basal ganglia. Important for motor control.

Lateral ventricle: Contains cerebrospinal fluid. Note characteristic bulge of caudate nucleus into the cavity of the lateral ventricle.

Corona radiata: White matter core of the cerebral hemispheres. Contains afferent and efferent fibers to and from the cerebral cortex.

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