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Clarke's columns

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The dorsal nucelus of the spinal cord. A column of large neurons located in the base of the posterior grey column (columna dorsalis) of the spinal cord, extending from the first thoracic through the second lumbar segment. The neurites reach out into the sidechord to form Tractus spinecerebellaris posterior.

See also Fleece of Stilling, under Benedict Stilling, German anatomist and surgeon, 1810-1879.


  • J. A. L. Clarke:
    Researches into the structure of the spinal cord.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1851, 141: 607-621.

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