Meaning of corticofugal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɔːtɪkəʊˈfjuːɡ(ə)l/


(also corticifugal)
  • (of a nerve fibre) originating in and running from the cerebral cortex.

    ‘In addition to these corticofugal fibers, the ventral pons contains the transversely oriented pontocerebellar fibers.’
    • ‘The most striking feature of this preparation is the convergence of great masses of corticofugal fibers from extensive areas of cerebral cortex.’
    • ‘Components of the corona radiata and internal capsule are displayed, showing the convergence of corticofugal fibers as they descend to brainstem levels.’
    • ‘These projection fibers consist largely of ascending fibers of the thalamic radiation and descending corticofugal fibers.’


Late 19th century from cortico-‘cortex’ + Latin fugere ‘run from’.