Posterolateral

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Definition

adjective

(anatomy) Behind and to one side, toward the posterior aspect


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The term posterolateral is a term used especially in anatomy to describe one that is situated behind and to one side. For instance, the term posterolateral sulcus of the spinal cord pertains to the vertical furrow where posterior nerve roots are attached and situated on either side of the posterior median sulcus. Another is the posterolateral tract, also known as the fasciculus of Lissauer, is the strand located in relation to the tip of the posterior column close to the entrance of the posterior nerve roots.1 Another is the posterolateral palatal pits, which are gaps at the sides of the back of the bony palate near the last molars.2


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1Posterolateral tract. Wikipedia.org. Retrieved from [1].
1Posterolateral palatal pits. Wikipedia.org. Retrieved from [2].