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Definition of Gray matter

Gray matter: The cortex of the brain, which contains nerve cell bodies. The gray matter is so named because it is darker than the white matter, the part of the brain that contains myelinated nerve fibers.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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