Definition of splenium in English:

splenium

noun

Anatomy
  • The thick posterior part of the corpus callosum of the brain.

    • ‘The two internal cerebral veins join beneath the splenium of the corpus callosum to form the great cerebral vein, but the site of union is not visible in this preparation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Above the splenium of the corpus callosum, the cingulate sulcus turns abruptly upwards to reach the superior margin of the hemisphere.’
    • ‘The great cerebral vein can be seen curving below the splenium of the corpus callosum to empty into the straight sinus.’
    • ‘For example, the analysis found a relative increase in the distance between the superior colliculus and the splenium of the corpus collosum in patients.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin.

Pronunciation:

splenium

/ˈsplēnēəm/