thalamus


thal·a·mus

noun \ˈtha-lə-məs\
plural thal·a·mi\-ˌmī, -ˌmē\

Definition of THALAMUS

:  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
tha·lam·ic \thə-ˈla-mik\ adjective

Origin of THALAMUS

New Latin, from Greek thalamos chamber
First Known Use: 1859

thal·a·mus

noun \ˈthal-ə-məs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural thal·a·mi \-ˌmī, -ˌmē\

Medical Definition of THALAMUS

: 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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