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thalamus

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noun thal·a·mus \ˈtha-lə-məs\

Definition of thalamus

plural

thalami

play \-ˌmī, -ˌmē\
  1. :  the largest subdivision of the diencephalon that consists chiefly of an ovoid mass of nuclei in each lateral wall of the third ventricle and serves chiefly to relay impulses and especially sensory impulses to and from the cerebral cortex — see brain illustration

thalamic

play \thə-ˈla-mik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of thalamus

New Latin, from Greek thalamos chamber


First Known Use: 1859


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thalamus

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noun thal·a·mus \ˈthal-ə-məs\

Medical Definition of thalamus

plural

thalami

\-ˌmī, -ˌmē\play play
  1. :  the largest subdivision of the diencephalon that consists chiefly of an ovoid mass of nuclei in each lateral wall of the third ventricle and serves to relay impulses and especially sensory impulses to and from the cerebral cortex



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