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basal ganglion

noun, Anatomy
1.
any of several masses of gray matter in each cerebral hemisphere.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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Examples from the web for basal ganglia
  • The problem is widely believed to begin in the basal ganglia, the part of the brain that controls motor function.
  • These are loosely grouped into the limbic system and the basal ganglia, although not everyone agrees what is what.
  • Specific areas of the brain, such as the basal ganglia, are more likely to be injured from liver failure.
  • Working with the cerebellum, which is located at the base of the skull, the basal ganglia control movement.
British Dictionary definitions for basal ganglia

basal ganglia

plural noun
1.
the thalamus together with other closely related masses of grey matter, situated near the base of the brain
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Contemporary definitions for basal ganglia
noun

the large masses of gray matter at the base of the brain which, if damaged, would impair motor abilities

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basal ganglia in Medicine

basal ganglia pl.n.

  1. The caudate and lentiform nuclei of the brain and the cell groups associated with them, considered as a group.

  2. All of the large masses of gray matter at the base of the cerebral hemisphere. No longer in technical use.

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