ventral posterior lateral nucleus of the thalamus


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ventral posterior lateral nucleus of the thalamus

One of the two major divisions of the ventral posterior nucleus, the somatic sensory relay nucleus of the thalamus. The ventral posterior lateral nucleus is the target of the medial lemniscus (touch and position sense from the body) and of many spinothalamic tract axons, and it sends axons to the sensory areas of the cerebral cortices.
See also: nucleus
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