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Medical Term:

caudate nucleus


an elongated curved mass of gray matter, consisting of an anterior thick portion, the caput [TA] or head [TA], which protrudes into the anterior horn of the lateral ventricle, a portion extending along the floor of the body of the lateral ventricle, known as the corpus [TA] or body [TA], and an elongated curved thin portion, the cauda [TA] or tail [TA], which curves downward, backward, and forward in the temporal lobe in the posterolateral wall of the temporal horn of the lateral ventricle.

Synonym(s): nucleus caudatusTA, caudatum

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