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posterior horn



  1. the occipital or posterior division of the lateral ventricle of the brain, extending backward into the occipital lobe;
  2. the posterior horn or gray column of the spinal cord as appearing in cross section. The posterior horn [TA] or dorsal horn [TAalt] contains spinal laminae I–VI [TA] of Rexed. The nuclei of the posterior horn are the marginal nucleus [TA] (nucleus marginalis [TA]), gelatinous substance [TA] (substantia gelatinosa [TA]), nucleus proprius [TA], secondary visceral grey substance [TA] (substantia visceralis secundaria [TA]), internal basilar nucleus [TA] (nucleus basilar internus [TA]), medial cervical nucleus [TA] (nucleus cervicalis medialis [TA]), posterior nucleus of lateral funiculus [TA] (nucleus posterior funiculi lateralis [TA]), and the lateral cervical nucleus.

Synonym(s): cornu posterius ventriculi lateralisTA, cornu posteriusTA, occipital hornTA, cornu of spinal cord

See Also: posterior column

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