Definition of reticular formation in English:

reticular formation

Syllabification: re·tic·u·lar for·ma·tion
Pronunciation: /rəˌtikyələr fôrˈmāSH(ə)n
 
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(also reticular activating system)

noun

Anatomy
A diffuse network of nerve pathways in the brainstem connecting the spinal cord, cerebrum, and cerebellum, and mediating the overall level of consciousness.
More example sentences
  • Suggestions for regions of the brain that could be the site of action have included the brain stem reticular formation, the cerebral cortex, and the thalamus.
  • For example, it is possible that the brainstem reticular formation is divided into the same number of nuclei in all jawed vertebrates.
  • In the central nervous system, the reticular activating system is a major pathway for communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

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