gray matter
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The term gray matter refers to one of two components of the central nervous system. It is a type of neural tissue of the brain and spinal cord that, cut fresh or fixed, appears darker compared to the other type, white matter. Gray matter is composed predominantly of nerve and glial cell bodies ( Schiebler-1999 ). In functional models of the CNS it consists of three components: cerebrum, cerebellum and cerebrospinal trunk. It is found in the human, macaque, rat, mouse, and other mammals ( Swanson-2004 ).

Also known as: grey matter, Substantia griseaNeuroNames ID : 2869


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