What do the directional terms "rostral" and "caudal" mean when referring to brain anatomy?



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D170 W15 CNS Williams

What do the directional terms “rostral” and “caudal” mean when referring to brain anatomy?

What are the three functions of the brain?


What are the four main parts of the adult brain? What structures do they contain? (don’t worry about what embryonic structures they develop from)



What are the ventricles of the brain? What are they filled with? What type of cells line the ventricles? Describe each of the following ventricles.

Lateral ventricles –

Third ventricle –

Cerebral aqueduct –

Fourth ventricle –



The brain stem:
Label the medulla oblongata, pons, and midbrain:


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