a group of ectodermal cells that develop into a variety of tissues, including spinal and autonomic ganglia, connective tissue around the brain and spinal cord, and parts of the facial bones.
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Origin of neural crest
First recorded in 1880–85
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Medical definitions for neural crest
A band of neuroectodermal cells that lie dorsolateral to the developing spinal cord, where they separate into clusters of cells that develop into dorsal-root ganglion cells, autonomic ganglion cells, chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla, neurolemma cells, or integumentary pigment cells.
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