Olivary bodies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The olivary bodies are a pair of oval bulbs, situated on the anterior surface of the medulla oblongata, lying on both sides of the anterior lateral sulcus and lateral to the upper part of the pyramid of this organ. Being made up of nerve cell bodies, each of them is divided into two parts: the superior olivary nucleus and the inferior olivary nucleus.

Function

They are relay stations of the cerebral cortex motor control and muscle coordination.