Definition: the large part of the diencephalon located dorsal to the hypothalamus and excluding the subthalamus and the medial and lateral geniculate bodies (sometimes the latter two are collectively called the metathalamus); the dorsal thalamus includes the major motor and somatosensory relay nuclei, nuclei that project to association areas, and the intralaminar nuclei.
See Also: thalamus
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