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Cortex: Gross Anatomy 

Cortex: Gross Anatomy
Cortex: Gross Anatomy
Mayo Clinic Neurology Board Review

Kelly D. Flemming


The cerebral cortex consists of 2 hemispheres, the left and the right. These are divided by the falx cerebri, a dural-derived structure. The cerebral cortex receives input from a wide variety of subcortical structures, often connecting via the thalamus and from other areas of the cortex via association fibers. The cortex then projects back to wide regions of the central nervous system, including the cortex, thalamus, basal nuclei, cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord. The types of fibers connecting areas of the central nervous system are designated based on the regions they connect. This chapter reviews the gross anatomy of the cerebral cortex.

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