corpus callosum

[ kawr-puh s kuh-loh-suh m ]
/ ˈkɔr pəs kəˈloʊ səm /

noun, plural cor·po·ra cal·lo·sa [kawr-per-uh kuh-loh-suh] /ˈkɔr pər ə kəˈloʊ sə/. Anatomy, Zoology.

a great band of deeply situated transverse white fibers uniting the two halves of the cerebrum in humans and other mammals.

Nearby words

  1. corpulence,
  2. corpulent,
  3. corpus,
  4. corpus albicans,
  5. corpus amylaceum,
  6. corpus cavernosum,
  7. corpus christi,
  8. corpus christi bay,
  9. corpus delicti,
  10. corpus fimbriatum

Origin of corpus callosum

1700–10; < New Latin: literally, firm body

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British Dictionary definitions for corpus callosum

corpus callosum

/ (kəˈləʊsəm) /

noun plural corpora callosa (kəˈləʊsə)

the band of white fibres that connects the cerebral hemispheres in mammals

Word Origin for corpus callosum

New Latin, literally: callous body

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Medicine definitions for corpus callosum

corpus callosum

[ kə-lōsəm ]

n.

The commissural plate of nerve fibers connecting the two cerebral hemispheres except for most of the temporal lobes.commissure of cerebral hemispheres

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Science definitions for corpus callosum

corpus callosum

[ kə-lōsəm ]

Plural corpora callosa

The transverse band of nerve fibers that connects the right and left cerebral hemispheres.
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