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thoracic nucleus

thoracic nucleus in Medicine

thoracic nucleus n.
A column of large neurons located in the base of the posterior gray column of the spinal cord, extending from the first thoracic through the second lumbar segment, and giving rise to the dorsal spinocerebellar tract of the same side. Also called dorsal nucleus.

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