Definitions for reticular formation
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a network of neurons in the brainstem involved in consciousness, breathing, and the transmission of sensory stimuli to higher brain centers.
Origin of reticular formation:
reticular formation, RF(noun)
a complex neural network in the central core of the brainstem; monitors the state of the body and functions in such processes as arousal and sleep and attention and muscle tone
Part of the brain that is involved in actions such as awaking/sleeping cycle, and filtering incoming stimuli to discriminate irrelevant background stimuli
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A region extending from the PONS & MEDULLA OBLONGATA through the MESENCEPHALON, characterized by a diversity of neurons of various sizes and shapes, arranged in different aggregations and enmeshed in a complicated fiber network.
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