Definitions for "Reticular formation"
A large network of neural tissue within the brainstem involved in behavioral arousal and sleep-wake cycles. go to glossary index
a diffuse network of neurons, extending from the hindbrain through the midbrain and into the forebrain, that helps maintain vigilance and an optimal level of brain arousal. (81)
Area of brainstem with diffuse network of neurones that seems to be involved in monitoring flow of information from spinal cord and cortex, activation of cortex and setting levels of cortical awareness. Affected by anaesthetic and other drugs.