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substance; used in anatomic nomenclature in naming various components of body tissues or structures.
substantia al´ba white matter.
substantia gelatino´sa the substance sheathing the posterior horn of the spinal cord and lining its central canal.
substantia gri´sea gray matter.
substantia ni´gra a dark layer of gray matter separating the tegmentum of the midbrain from the crus cerebri.
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a large cell mass, crescentic on transverse section, extending forward over the inner surface of the crus cerebri from the rostral border of the pons into the subthalamic region. It is composed of a dorsal stratum of closely spaced pigmented (that is, melanin-containing) cells, the pars compacta [TA]; a larger ventral region of widely scattered cells, the pars reticulata [TA]; and smaller less distinct regions, the pars lateralis [TA] and pars retrorubralis [TA]; the pars compacta in particular includes numerous cells that project forward to the striatum (caudate nucleus and putamen) and contain dopamine, which acts as the transmitter at their synaptic endings. Other, apparently nondopaminergic, cells of the substantia nigra project to a rostral part of the ventral nucleus of thalamus, to the middle layers of the superior colliculus, and to restricted parts of the reticular formation of the midbrain. The nigrostriatal projection is reciprocated by a massive striatonigral fiber system with multiple neurotransmitters, chief among which is γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The substantia nigra receives smaller afferent projections from the subthalamic nucleus, the lateral segment of the globus pallidus, the dorsal nucleus of the raphe, and the pedunculopontine nucleus of the midbrain. The pars reticulata forms part of the output system for the striate body. The substantia n. is involved in the metabolic disturbances associated with Parkinson disease and Huntington disease.
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substantia nigra(nī′grə, nĭg′rə)
A layer of large pigmented nerve cells in the midbrain that produce dopamine and whose destruction is associated with Parkinson's disease.
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sub·stan·ti·a nigra(sŭb-stan'shē-ă nī'gră) [TA]
A large cell mass, crescentic on transverse section, extending forward over the dorsal surface of the crus cerebri from the rostral border of the pons into the subthalamic region; it is composed of a dorsal stratum of closely spaced pigmented (i.e., melanin-containing) cells, the pars compacta, and a larger ventral region of widely scattered cells, the pars reticulata. The substantia nigra is involved in the metabolic disturbances associated with parkinsonism and Huntington disease.
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substantia nigraA layer of grey matter (nerve cell bodies) containing pigmented nerve cells, that spreads throughout the white substance of the midbrain and receives fibres from the BASAL GANGLIA. DOPAMINE is produced in the substantia nigra, and loss of the pigment cells is a constant finding in PARKINSON'S DISEASE.
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One of the movement control centers of the brain.
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Soemmerring,Samuel Thomas von, German anatomist, 1755-1830.
ring of Soemmerring - a mass of lenticular fibers enclosed between the anterior and posterior portion of the lenticular capsule, leaving the pupillary area relatively free.
Soemmerring ganglion - a large cell mass extending forward over the dorsal surface of the crus cerebri from the rostral border of the pons into the subthalamic region. Synonym(s): substantia nigra
Soemmerring ligament - small fibers attaching the lacrimal gland to the periorbita.
Soemmerring muscle - a fasciculus occasionally passing from the thyrohyoid muscle to the isthmus of the thyroid gland. Synonym(s): levator muscle of thyroid gland
Soemmerring spot - an oval area of the sensory retina at the center of which is the central fovea, which contains only retinal cones. Synonym(s): macula retinae
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