Centrum semiovale

Centrum semiovale

Dissection of cortex and brain-stem showing association fibers and island of Reil after removal of its superficial gray substance.

Human brain right dissected lateral view description
Latin centrum semiovale
NeuroNames hier-172
FMA 61939

Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The centrum semiovale, semioval center or centrum ovale [1] is the central area of white matter found underneath the cerebral cortex. [2] The white matter, located in each hemisphere between the cerebral cortex and nuclei, as a whole has a semioval shape. It consists of cortical projection fibers, association fibers and cortical fibers. It continues ventrally as the corona radiata.


  1. "centrum ovale".
  2. Alberts, Daniel Albert (2012). Dorland's illustrated medical dictionary. (32nd ed. ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-4160-6257-8.

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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