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Overview and Surface Anatomy

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Overview and Surface Anatomy

Overview of the human brain, and a look at its surface anatomy



By the end of this section, make certain that you understand what each of these terms mean, and can apply them appropriately.  If applicable, make sure you can find each item on a whole brain, brain section, or image of a brain.

  • arachnoid
  • calcarine sulcus
  • central sulcus
  • diencephalon
  • dura mater
  • folia
  • hypophyseal stalk
  • hypophysis
  • inferior colliculi
  • insular cortex
  • meninges
  • mesencephalon
  • metencephalon
  • myelencephalon
  • optic chiasm
  • paracentral lobule
  • parietooccipital sulcus
  • parieto-occipital sulcus
  • pia mater
  • postcentral gyrus
  • precentral gyrus
  • preoccipital notch
  • prosencephalon
  • quadrigeminal plate
  • rhombencephalon
  • superior colliculi
  • telencephalon
  • uncus


Section 1: Overview and Surface Anatomy

Section 2: Looking at the Brain from Different Angles

Section 3: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Ventricles

Section 4: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Diencephalon

Section 5: Neuroanatomy Landmarks: Basal Ganglia

Section 6: The Brainstem

Section 7: Vasculature of the Brain

Section 8: Cranial Nerves


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