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basal ganglion

noun, Anatomy.
any of several masses of gray matter in each cerebral hemisphere.
Origin of basal ganglion
1910-15 Unabridged
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  • Thus the cerebellum and basal ganglia are a little smaller in men than in women, compared with the cerebral hemispheres.

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British Dictionary definitions for basal ganglia

basal ganglia

plural noun
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

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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