corpora optica pl.; sing. corpus opticum (ARTHRO: Insecta) A pair of small bodies lying above the pons cerebralis in the dorsal part of the brain, connected with the glomeruli of the ocellar nerves and the medullae externae of the optic lobes; thought to be association centers for both the ocelli and compound eyes.
corpora pedunculata pl; sing. corpora pedunculatum (ARTHRO: Insecta) The pedunculate or mushroom bodies of the protocerebrum, said to have an important role in visual integration in Hymenoptera, but in other insects plays a part in the selection and sequential organization of behavioral patterns.
corpora ventralia pl.; sing. corporus ventralium (ARTHRO: Insecta) Ventral or lateral bodies that lie ventrolaterally in the protocerebrum just above the antennal glomeruli of the deutocerebrum, and connected to a transverse commissure tract; they are association centers connected to many other parts of the brain.
corpotentorium n. [L. corpus, body; tentorium, tent] (ARTHRO: Insecta) Fusion of the anterior and posterior tentorial arms; the body of the tentorium.
corpus n.; pl. corpora [L. corpus, body] 1. A body or structure. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) a. The body. b. In many Collem-bola, the basal part of the minute pair of appendages on the 3rd abdominal segment; the appendages themselves known as the retinaculum or hamula. 3. (NEMATA) The most anterior part of the esophagus, usually cylindrical in shape, but may be subdivided into a slender anterior portion (procorpus) followed by a swollen, often valved, bulb (metacorpus).
corpus adiposum The fat-body.
corpus centrale (ARTHRO: Insecta) The central "body" of a brain, anterior or ventral to the pons cerebralis.
corpuscle n. [L. dim. corpus, body] A small cell floating freely in a fluid such as blood or lymph or embedded in an intercellular matrix.
corpuscular a. [L. dim. corpus, body] Pertaining to the nature of or composed of corpuscles or particles.
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