[suh b-stan-shee-uh nahy-gruh, nig-ruh]
- a deeply pigmented area of the midbrain containing dopamine-producing nerve cells.
Origin of substantia nigra
1880–85; < New Latin: black substance
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- a layer of grey matter in the brain that produces dopamine and contains pigmented nerve cells, loss of which has been associated with Parkinson's disease
C20: from Latin, literally: dark material
substantia nigra(nī′grə, nĭg′rə)
- A layer of large pigmented nerve cells in the mesencephalon that produce dopamine and whose destruction is associated with Parkinson's disease.nigra
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