anterior gray column
The term anterior gray column refers to one of three central gray columns of the spinal cord. It is composed of lamina VIII and lamina IX ( Schiebler-1999 ). The other columns are the lateral gray column and the posterior gray column. Because of its appearance in cross section it is also called the anterior or ventral horn ( Carpenter-1983 ). In addition to the human it is found in the macaque ( NeuroNames ), rat ( Swanson-2004 ) and mouse ( Hof-2000 ). Functionally it is a major component of the somatic motoneuron pools of the subcortical motor system ( Swanson-2004 ).

Also known as: anterior gray horn, anterior horn, ventral horn, ventral horn spinal cord, Cornu anteriusNeuroNames ID : 1751

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