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