Aqueduct of Sylvius
A canal that communicates between the third and fourth ventricles in a system of four communicating cavities within the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord. The four ventricles consist of the two lateral ventricles, the third ventricle and the fourth ventricle: {{}}Lateral ventricles: The lateral ventricles are in the cerebral hemispheres. Each lateral ventricle consists of a triangular central body and four horns. The lateral ventricles communicate with the third ventricle through what is called the interventricular foramen (opening). The third ventricle is a median (midline) cavity in the brain that is bounded by the thalamus and hypothalamus on either side. Anteriorly (in front) the third ventricle communicates with the lateral ventricles and posteriorly (in back) the third ventricle communicates with the aqueduct of Sylvius (also called the aqueduct of the midbrain). The fourth ventricle is the most inferior (lowest) of the four ventricles of the brain. It extends from the aqueduct of the midbrain to the central canal of the upper end of the spinal cord with which it communicates by the two foramina (openings) of Luschka and the foramen (opening) of Magendie. The ventricles are filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which is formed by structures called choroid plexuses located in the walls and roofs of the ventricles.

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aqueduct of Syl·vi·us -'sil-vē-əs n a channel connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain called also cerebral aqueduct, sylvian aqueduct Du·bois d(y)üb-'wä (Latin Jacques Jacobus Sylvius) (1478-1555)
French anatomist. The teacher of Andreas Vesalius and later his steadfast opponent, Dubois attempted to reconcile the best of classical teachings, principally those of Galen, with contemporary observations. Confident that Galen was omniscient in all matters medical, Dubois published in 1555 a systematic account of anatomy based on Galen's writings. He presented a relatively modern method of numbering branches of vessels, structures, and relationships. One of the structures described therein was the channel connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain; although his description was not original, the passage became known as the aqueduct of Sylvius, after his latinized professional name.

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aqueductus mesencephali.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • aqueduct of sylvius — ˈsilvēəs Usage: usually capitalized S Etymology: translation of New Latin aquaeductus Sylvii, after Sylvius (Jacques Dubois) died 1555 French anatomist : a channel connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain * * * /sil vee euhs/, Anat …   Useful english dictionary

  • aqueduct of Sylvius — /sil vee euhs/, Anat. a canal in the midbrain, connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain. [named after Sylvius, Latinized name of Jacques Dubois (d. 1555), French anatomist] * * * …   Universalium

  • aqueduct of Sylvius — cerebral aqueduct …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • aqueduct of Sylvius — a posterior channel joining the third and fourth ventricle in the brain …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Водопровод Церебральный (Cerebral Aqueduct), Водопровод Сильвиев (Aqueduct Of Sylvius) — узкий канал, соединяющий третий и четвертый желудочки головного мозга, содержащий спинномозговую жидкость. Источник: Медицинский словарь …   Медицинские термины

  • Sylvius, aqueduct of — A canal that communicates between the third and fourth ventricles in a system of four communicating cavities within the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord. The four ventricles consist of the two lateral ventricles …   Medical dictionary

  • Aqueduct of the midbrain — A canal that communicates between the third and fourth ventricles in a system of four communicating cavities within the brain that are continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord. The four ventricles consist of the two lateral ventricles …   Medical dictionary

  • Aqueduct — Aq ue*duct, n. [F. aqueduc, OF. aqueduct (Cotgr.), fr. L. aquaeductus; aquae, gen. of aqua water + ductus a leading, ducere to lead. See {Aqua}, {Duke}.] 1. A conductor, conduit, or artificial channel for conveying water, especially one for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aqueduct — A conduit or canal. SYN: aqueductus. [L. aquaeductus] cerebral a. an ependyma lined canal in the mesencephalon about 20 mm long, connecting the third to the fourth ventricle. SYN: aqueductus mesencephali [TA], aqueductus cerebri, a. of cerebrum,… …   Medical dictionary

  • aqueduct — n. (in anatomy) a canal containing fluid. For example, the aqueduct of the midbrain (cerebral aqueduct, aqueduct of Sylvius) connects the third and fourth ventricles …   The new mediacal dictionary

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