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Brain: Ventral lateral nucleus
Thalamic nuclei:
MNG = Midline nuclear group
AN = Anterior nuclear group
MD = Medial dorsal nucleus
VNG = Ventral nuclear group
VA = Ventral anterior nucleus
VL = Ventral lateral nucleus
VPL = Ventral posterolateral nucleus
VPM = Ventral posteromedial nucleus
LNG = Lateral nuclear group
PUL = Pulvinar
MTh = Metathalamus
LG = Lateral geniculate nucleus
MG = Medial geniculate nucleus
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MeSH [1]

The ventral lateral nucleus (VL) is a nucleus of the thalamus.

Inputs and outputs

It receives neuronal inputs from the basal ganglia which includes the substantia nigra and the globus pallidus. It also has inputs from the cerebellum.

It sends out neuronal input to the primary motor cortex and premotor cortex.


It helps to function in coordination and planning of movement. It also plays a role in the learning of movement.

Clinical significance

A lesion of the VL has been associated with synesthesia.[1]

Additional images


  1. Ro T, Farnè A, Johnson RM, et al (2007). Feeling sounds after a thalamic lesion.

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