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Definition of Globe, pale

Globe, pale: Also called the globus pallidus, this is a pale-appearing spherical area in the brain. Globus is a Latin word meaning a globe or sphere. Pallidus refers to its pallor relative to the surrounding brain substance.

The globus pallidus is specifically part of what is called the lentiform nucleus which, in turn, is part of the striate body, a component of the basal ganglia, large masses of gray matter at the base (hence basal) of the cerebral hemispheres of the brain.

The globus pallidus is also called the palladum, and the paleostriatum (because it was thought to have evolved before the neostriatum, a different part of the striate body).

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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