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Medical Term:

lateral column


Definition: a slight protrusion of the gray matter of the spinal cord into the lateral funiculus of either side, especially marked in the thoracic region where it encloses preganglionic motor neurons of the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system; it corresponds to the lateral horn appearing in transverse sections of the spinal cord.

Synonym(s): columna lateralis, lateral column of spinal cord

See Also: gray columns

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