internal capsule


A layer of white matter separating the caudate nucleus and thalamus from the lentiform nucleus and serving as the major route by which the cerebral cortex is connected with the brainstem and the spinal cord.

Nearby words

  1. internal audit,
  2. internal auditory artery,
  3. internal auditory foramen,
  4. internal auditory meatus,
  5. internal auditory vein,
  6. internal carotid nerve,
  7. internal carotid plexus,
  8. internal cerebral vein,
  9. internal clock,
  10. internal combustion engine

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