Meaning of neural crest

neu'ral crest'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Embryol. Embryol.
  1. a group of ectodermal cells that develop into a variety of tissues, including spinal and autonomic ganglia, connective tissue around the brain and spinal cord, and parts of the facial bones.
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