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substantia nigra

[suh b-stan-shee-uh nahy-gruh, nig-ruh] /səbˈstæn ʃi ə ˈnaɪ grə, ˈnɪg rə/
noun, plural substantiae nigrae
[suhb-stan-shee-ee nahy-gree, nig-ree] /sʌbˈstæn ʃiˌi ˈnaɪ gri, ˈnɪg ri/ (Show IPA),
substantia nigras.
a deeply pigmented area of the midbrain containing dopamine-producing nerve cells.
Origin of substantia nigra
1880-85; < New Latin: black substance Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for substantia nigra

substantia nigra

/səbˈstænʃə ˈnaɪɡrə/
a layer of grey matter in the brain that produces dopamine and contains pigmented nerve cells, loss of which has been associated with Parkinson's disease
Word Origin
C20: from Latin, literally: dark material
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substantia nigra in Medicine

substantia nigra substantia ni·gra (nī'grə, nĭg'rə)
A layer of large pigmented nerve cells in the mesencephalon that produce dopamine and whose destruction is associated with Parkinson's disease. Also called nigra.

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