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locus coeruleus

noun locus coe·ru·le·us \-si-ˈrü-lē-əs\

Definition of locus coeruleus

  1. :  a bluish area of the brain stem with many norepinephrine-containing neurons



Variants of locus coeruleus

also locus ceruleus play \-si-ˈrü-lē-əs\

Origin of locus coeruleus

New Latin, literally, dark blue place


First Known Use: 1858


Medical Dictionary

locus coeruleus

noun lo·cus coe·ru·le·us

Medical Definition of locus coeruleus

plural loci coerulei also loci cerulei \-lē-ˌī\play

  1. :  a blue area of the brain stem with many norepinephrine-containing neurons



Variants of locus coeruleus

also locus ceruleus \ˌlō-kə(s)-si-ˈrü-lē-əs\play

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