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What are the 4 major areas of the brain?

1. diencephalon
2. brainstem
3. cerebellum
4. cerebrum

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What is gyri?

larger folds of brain surface

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What is sulci?

shallow depressions between gyri on surface of brain

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What is a fissure?

a deep groove on the surface of the brain

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What is gray matter and why is it gray?

It is the the outer layer of the brain made from cell bodies.

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What is white matter and why is it white?

It is the inner area of the brain and it is white because of the myelination on axons.

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What is the cerebral cortex?

The superficial region of gray matter on the cerebrum.

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What is cerebral nuclei?

They are small clusters of gray matter (cell bodies) within white matter.

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What 4 things protect the brain?

1. the cranium
2. CSF
3. blood brain barrier
4. meninges

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What are the 3 cranial meninges?

1. pia mater
2. arachnoid mater
3. dura mater

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What is pia mater?

The innermost meninge layer. It is thin areolar connective tissue tightly adhered to brain.

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What is arachnoid mater?

Composed of collagen and elastic fibers. It contains arachnoid trabeculae that extends deep to reach pia mater.

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What is subarachnoid space?

The potential space between pia mater and arachnoid mater.

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What is subdural space?

The space between the dura mater and arachnoid mater.

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What is dura mater?

Hard and tough irregular connective tissue.

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What is the epidural space?

The space between the skull and dura mater containing blood vessels and space for blood or fluid.

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What is cranial dura septa?

Double layers of dura mater that extend into the cranial cavity and separate areas of the brain.

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What is the falx cerebri?

A cranial dura septa that divides the left and right hemisphere.

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What is the tentorium cerebelli?

A cranial dura septa that divides the temporal and occipital lobes from cerebellum.

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What is the falx cerebelli?

A cranial dura septa that divides the cerebellum into left and right hemispheres.

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What is the diaphragma sellae?

A cranial dura septa that forms a roof over the sella turcica of the sphenoid bone.

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What are characteristics of all ventricles?

Cavities within the brain
Lined with ependymal cells
Contain CSF
Communicate with spinal cords central canal

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What separates the 2 lateral ventricles?

The septum pelllucidum.

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Where is the 3rd ventricle located?

Deep within the diencephalon.

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How does the 3rd ventricle communicate with each lateral ventricle?

Through the interventricular foramen.

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What is the 4th ventricle located?

Between the pons and cerebellum.

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How does the 3rd ventricle communicate with the th ventricle?

Through the cerebral aqueduct.

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Where does the 4th ventricle open into?

Arachnoid space

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What are the 3 functions of the CSF?

1. Protection
2. Buoyancy
3. Environmental stability

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What occurs during arachnoid granulation?

Excess CSF flows into fingerlike projections called arachnoid villi and is released into the dural venous sinuses.