ventral horn

noun

: a longitudinal subdivision of gray matter in the anterior part of each lateral half of the spinal cord that contains neurons giving rise to motor fibers of the ventral roots of the spinal nerves
The dorsal horn contains an orderly arrangement of sensory relay neurons that receive input from the periphery, while the ventral horn contains motor nuclei that innervate specific muscles.David G. Amaral, in Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition

called also anterior column, anterior gray column, anterior horn, ventral column, ventral gray column

compare dorsal horn, lateral column sense 1

Dictionary Entries Near ventral horn

Cite this Entry

“Ventral horn.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/ventral%20horn. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!