insula

[in-suh-luh, ins-yuh-]
noun, plural insulae [in-suh-lee, ins-yuh-] . Anatomy.
a group of convolutions situated at the base of the lateral fissure of the brain.
Also called Island of Reil.


Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle

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insula (ˈɪnsjʊlə)
 
n , pl -lae
Also called: island of Reil a pyramid-shaped area of the brain within each cerebral hemisphere beneath parts of the frontal and temporal lobes
 
[Latin, literally: island]

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insula in·su·la (ĭn'sə-lə, ĭns'yə-)
n. pl. -lae (-lē')

  1. Island.

  2. A circumscribed body or patch on the skin.

  3. See island of Reil.

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insula

(Latin: "island"), in architecture, block of grouped but separate buildings or a single structure in ancient Rome and Ostia. The insulae were largely tenements providing economically practical housing where land values were high and population dense. Distinct from the domus, the upper-class private residence, they were inhabited primarily by the labouring class

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When the experimental subjects were exposed to the cost of the product, their insula and prefrontal cortex were activated.
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