One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The thick posterior part of the corpus callosum of the brain.
- ‘The great cerebral vein can be seen curving below the splenium of the corpus callosum to empty into the straight sinus.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For example, the analysis found a relative increase in the distance between the superior colliculus and the splenium of the corpus collosum in patients.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin.
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