Definition of pretectal in English:

pretectal

adjective

Anatomy
  • Of, relating to, or designating a region of the brain situated anterior to the tectum, containing fibres involved in oculomotor responses.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Journal of Comparative Neurology. From pre- + tectal. Compare scientific Latin pretectalis.

Pronunciation

pretectal

/ˌpriːˈtɛktl/