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great cerebral vein of Galen

Pronunciation: ga'len

Definition: a large, unpaired vein formed by the junction of the two internal cerebral veins in the caudal part of the tela choroidea of the third ventricle; it passes caudally between the splenium of the corpus callosum and the pineal gland, curving dorsally to merge with the inferior sagittal sinus to form the straight sinus.

Synonym(s): great cerebral veinTA, vena magna cerebriTA, great vein of Galen

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