Red nucleus

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In neuroanatomy, the red nucleus is in the mesencephalon of the upper brainstem and is a "pinkish-yellow portion of the midbrain situated in the rostral mesencephalic tegmentum. It receives a large projection from the contralateral half of the cerebellum via the superior cerebellar peduncle and a projection from the ipsilateral motor cortex."[1]

Section through the midbrain showing the red nucleus (#7).


  1. Anonymous (2020), Red nucleus (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.