ventral part of the medullary reticular nucleus
The term ventral part of the medullary reticular nucleus refers to the more ventromedial of two parts of the medullary reticular nucleus in the human ( Paxinos-2012 ), the macaque ( Paxinos-2009a ), the rat ( Swanson-2004 ) and the mouse ( Hof-2000 ). The other is the more dorsolateral dorsal part of the medullary reticular nucleus ( Swanson-2004 ). Some authors further divide the ventral part in the macaque to include a medial reticular nucleus ( Paxinos-2009a ).
     Many authors consider the transition zone between the dorsal and ventral parts to be a separate structure, a caudal extension of the intermediate reticular nucleus, which separates the gigantocellular nucleus and the parvicellular reticular nucleus more rostrally ( Paxinos-2012; Paxinos-2009b; Paxinos-2009a; Hof-2000 ).
     Functionally the medullary reticular nucleus belongs to the reticular formation (functional) of the subcortical motor system ( Swanson-2004 ).

Also known as: ventral reticular nucleusNeuroNames ID : 1794

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