noun (plural thalami) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek thalamos chamber Date: 1859 the largest subdivision of the diencephalon that consists chiefly of an ovoid mass of nuclei in each lateral wall of the third ventricle and serves chiefly to relay impulses and especially sensory impulses to and from the cerebral cortex — see brain illustration • thalamic adjective

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  • thalamus — [ talamys ] n. m. • 1877; lat. sav. thalami nervorum opticorum (1704) « lits (couches) des nerfs optiques », du gr. thalamos « lit » ♦ Anat. Les deux gros noyaux sensitifs de substance grise situés de part et d autre du troisième ventricule… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • THALAMUS — Graece Θάλαμος, item θαλάμη: quae tamen sic distinguit Ammonius, ut θαλάμαι proprie sint delubra Dioscurorum, imo omnium Deorum interiores cellae, Dearum praeprimis, quae alias καλύβαι, παςοις i. e. velis plumariô opere varieg atis clausae, de… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Thalamus — Thal a*mus, n.; pl. {Thalami}. [L. thalamus chamber, Gr. qa lamos.] 1. (Anat.) A mass of nervous matter on either side of the third ventricle of the brain; called also {optic thalamus}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) (a) Same as {Thallus}. (b) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thalamus — 1753, the receptacle of a flower, Modern Latin, from L. thalamus inner chamber, from Gk. thalamos inner chamber, bedroom, related to thalame den, lair, tholos vault, vaulted building. Used since 1756 of a part of the forebrain where a nerve… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thalamus — so v.w. Thalamos …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Thalămus — (lat. griech.), der Blüten oder Fruchtboden …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Thalamus — Thalămus (grch.), Schlafgemach, Ehebett; in der Botanik der Fruchtboden der Blüte …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • thalamus — index chamber (compartment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Thalamus — Thalamus, dorsal liegender Teil des ⇒ Zwischenhirns, bei Säugern Hauptumschaltstelle afferenter Fasern von den Sinnesorganen auf Großhirnbahnen zu den sensorischen Regionen des Cortex …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • thalamus — [thal′ə məs] n. pl. thalami [thal′əmī΄] [ModL < L, an inner chamber < Gr thalamos] 1. Anat. a mass of gray matter forming the lateral walls of the diencephalon and involved in the transmission and integration of certain sensations 2. Bot.… …   English World dictionary

  • Thalamus — Lage des Thalamus im Gehirn …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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