tectum

(redirected from Optic tectum)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

tec·tum

 (tĕk′təm)
n. pl. tec·ta (-tə)
A rooflike structure of the body, especially the dorsal part of the midbrain.

[Latin tēctum, roof, from neuter past participle of tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]

tec′tal (-təl) adj.

tectum

(ˈtɛktʌm)
n
(Anatomy) anatomy any roof-like structure in the body, esp the dorsal area of the midbrain

tec•tum

(ˈtɛk təm)

n., pl. -tums, -ta (-tə). Anat., Zool.
a rooflike structure.
[1900–05; < New Latin, Latin tēctum roof, n. use of neuter of tēctus, past participle of tegere to cover]
tec′tal, tec•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
Translations

tec·tum

L. (pl.tectum) estructura en forma de techo.
References in periodicals archive ?
The optic tectum has emerged as a tractable visuomotor transformer, in which anatomical and functional studies can allow a better understanding of how behaviour is controlled by neuronal circuits.
The biological material under analysis correspond to histological sections of the developing chick embryo optic tectum (an associative area of the midbrain of the central nervous system) processed according to standardized procedures of ISH methods.
Topics on the spinal cord and hindbrain include the segmental organization of the head, brain and cranial nerves, the reticular formation, and the cerebellum, with examinations of the motor and sensory nerves of the cranial brainstorm, those describing the midbrain include descriptions of the tegmentum, tori and optic tectum.