White matter

White Matter: The part of the brain that contains myelinated nerve fibers. The white matter is white because it is the color of myelin, the insulation covering the nerve fibers. The white matter is as opposed to the gray matter (the cortex of the brain which contains nerve cell bodies).

Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH)1

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White Matter: The region of Central Nervous System that appears lighter in color than the other type, Gray Matter. It mainly consists of Myelinated Nerve Fibers and contains few neuronal cell bodies or Dendrites.2

Types

Types may include:3

Types of White Matter:

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References

  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): rarediseasesnetwork.org/ cms/ artfl/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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