White Matter vs. Gray Matter: Difference & Medical Terms


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White matter is mainly composed of:

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1. Gray matter is chiefly made of:

2. In the spinal cord:

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

In these assessments, your ability to identify the differences in white and gray matter and where each is located in the nervous system are the key concepts that you need to understand to ensure your proficiency in this topic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments quiz you on the following:

  • White matter composition
  • Grey matter composition
  • The spinal cord
  • What the cerebral cortex is made of
  • The covering that gives white matter its color

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept of what gives white matter its color
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the difference between white and grey matter and where it is located in the central nervous system
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the composition of white and grey matter

Additional Learning

You can use the lesson entitled White Matter vs. Grey Matter: Difference & Medical Terms to learn more about these parts of the nervous system. With this lesson, you can also:

  • Identify what neurons are and their role in the nervous system
  • Recall why there is a color difference between each type of matter
  • Review the functions of both the white and grey matter in the central nervous system
  • Name the key components of the central nervous system