The neurons contained within the nucleus form a visible bump called the gracile tubercle on the posterior side of the closed medulla at the floor of the fourth ventricle.
The gracile nucleus and fasciculus carry epicritic, kinesthetic, and conscious proprioceptive information from the lower part of the body (below the level of T6 in the spinal cord). The counterpart to the gracile nucleus and fasciculus is the cuneate nucleus and fasciculus, which carries the same type of information, but from the upper body (above T6, excepting the face and ear - the information from the face and ear is carried by the primary sensory trigeminal nucleus).
Decussation of pyramids.
Dissection of brain-stem. Lateral view.
Deep dissection of brain-stem. Lateral view.
Superior terminations of the posterior fasciculi of the medulla spinalis.
Section of the medulla oblongata at about the middle of the olive.
Diagram showing the course of the arcuate fibers.
The formatio reticularis of the medulla oblongata, shown by a transverse section passing through the middle of the olive.
Scheme showing the course of the fibers of the lemniscus; medial lemniscus in blue, lateral in red.