One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a nerve fibre) originating in and running from the cerebral cortex.
- ‘The most striking feature of this preparation is the convergence of great masses of corticofugal fibers from extensive areas of cerebral cortex.’
- ‘Components of the corona radiata and internal capsule are displayed, showing the convergence of corticofugal fibers as they descend to brainstem levels.’
- ‘In addition to these corticofugal fibers, the ventral pons contains the transversely oriented pontocerebellar fibers.’
- ‘These projection fibers consist largely of ascending fibers of the thalamic radiation and descending corticofugal fibers.’
Late 19th century: from cortico- ‘cortex’ + Latin fugere ‘run from’.
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