one of two oval bodies or prominences composed of nerve tissue, one on each side of the anterior surface of the medulla oblongata.
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Origin of olivary body
First recorded in 1830–40
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Medical definitions for olivary body
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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