olivary body


noun Anatomy.

one of two oval bodies or prominences composed of nerve tissue, one on each side of the anterior surface of the medulla oblongata.

Nearby words

  1. oliphant,
  2. oliva,
  3. olivaceous,
  4. olivares,
  5. olivary,
  6. olivary nucleus,
  7. olive,
  8. olive branch,
  9. olive brown,
  10. olive crown

Origin of olivary body

First recorded in 1830–40

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Medicine definitions for olivary body

olivary body

n.

A smooth oval prominence of the ventrolateral surface of the medulla oblongata lateral to the pyramidal tract, corresponding to the olivary nucleus.oliva olive

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