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Medical Term:

reticular nuclei of pons

Definition

groups of cells located in the pontine tegmentum that are not clearly separate from one other, but that do have in some instances distinct connections. These nuclei are: caudal pontine reticular nucleus [TA] (nucleus reticularis pontis caudalis [TA]), oral pontine reticular nucleus [TA] (nucleus reticularis pontis oralis [TA]), paralemniscal nucleus [TA] (nucleus paralemniscalis [TA]), and the paramedian reticular nucleus [TA] (nucleus reticularis paramedianus [TA]). The reticulotegmental nucleus [TA] (nucleus reticularis tegmenti pontis [TA]) is located in the ventromedial portion of the pontine tegmentum and is correctly considered a part of the reticular complex of the pons; it is sometimes also associated with the dorsal extent of the basilar pontine nuclei.

Synonym(s): nuclei reticulares pontisTA

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