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Brain: Subcallosal area
Scheme of rhinencephalon. (Paraolfactory area labeled at center left.)
Medial surface of left cerebral hemisphere. (Paraolfactory area labeled at center right.)
Latin area subcallosa, area parolfactoria
Gray's subject #189 827
Part of
BrainInfo/UW hier-260
MeSH [1]

The subcallosal area (parolfactory area of Broca) is a small triangular field on the medial surface of the hemisphere in front of the subcallosal gyrus, from which it is separated by the posterior parolfactory sulcus; it is continuous below with the olfactory trigone, and above and in front with the cingulate gyrus; it is limited anteriorly by the anterior parolfactory sulcus.

The subcallosal area is also known as "Zuckerkandl's gyrus", for Emil Zuckerkandl.[1]

The parahippocampal gyrus, subcallosal area, and cingulate gyrus have been described together as the periarcheocortex.[2]

The "subcallosal area" and "parolfactory area" are considered equivalent in BrainInfo,[3] but in Terminologia Anatomica they are considered distinct structures.


  1. Shoja MM, Tubbs RS, Loukas M, Shokouhi G, Jerry Oakes W (2008). Emil Zuckerkandl (1849-1910): anatomist and pathologist. Ann. Anat. 190 (1): 33–6.
  2. Schneider JF, Vergesslich K (April 2007). Maturation of the limbic system revealed by MR FLAIR imaging. Pediatr Radiol 37 (4): 351–5.

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