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splenium

Syllabification: sple·ni·um
Pronunciation: /ˈsplēnēəm
 
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Definition of splenium in English:

noun

Anatomy
The thick posterior part of the corpus callosum of the brain.
Example sentences
  • Above the splenium of the corpus callosum, the cingulate sulcus turns abruptly upwards to reach the superior margin of the hemisphere.
  • Beneath the splenium of the corpus callosum, the dentate gyrus becomes flattened and smooth and continues on to the dorsal surface of the corpus callosum as the thin gyrus fasciolaris.
  • The great cerebral vein can be seen curving below the splenium of the corpus callosum to empty into the straight sinus.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin.

Derivatives

splenial

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Pronunciation: /ˈsplēnēəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • A mesial parasymphysial foramen is present and is bordered by the parasymphysial plate, anterior coronoid, and the mesial lamina of the splenial, identical to the configuration seen in Ventastega.
  • Posteriorly, the mesial lamina of the splenial is firmly sutured onto the anterior end of the prearticular.
  • Similarly, we suggest that the medial foramen is represented by a large foramen in the splenial, just ventral to its contact with the adsymphysial.

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