nucleus basalis of Meynert


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nucleus basalis of Meynert

A nucleus with large cells in the substantia innominata. The nucleus basalis is interconnected with the amygdala, and it innervates most of the cortex of the cerebral hemisphere. Axons from this nucleus are cholinergic. The neurons in this nucleus degenerate if the brain develops Alzheimer disease.
Synonym: basal nucleus; nucleus basalis
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