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Ventral posterior nucleus

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Ventral posterior nucleus

Ventral posterior nucleus
Thalamic nuclei
Latin Nucleus ventralis posterior thalami
Part of Thalamus
NeuroNames hier-326
NeuroLex ID Ventral posterior nucleus
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The ventral posterior nucleus is the somato-sensory relay nucleus in thalamus of the brain.


  • Input and output 1
  • Subdivisions 2
  • Function 3
  • Additional images 4

Input and output

The ventral posterior nucleus receives neuronal input from the medial lemniscus, spinal lemniscus, spinothalamic tracts, and trigeminothalamic tract. It projects to the somatosensory cortex and the ascending reticuloactivation system.


The ventral posterior nucleus is divided into:


Functions in touch, body position, pain, temperature, itch, taste, and arousal.

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