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island of Reil

[rahyl] /raɪl/
noun, Anatomy
Origin of island of Reil
named after J. C. Reil (died 1813), German physician


[in-suh-luh, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn sə lə, ˈɪns yə-/
noun, plural insulae
[in-suh-lee, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn səˌli, ˈɪns yə-/ (Show IPA).
a group of convolutions situated at the base of the lateral fissure of the brain.
Also called Island of Reil.
1825-35; < New Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for island of Reil

island of Reil

another name for insula
Word Origin
after Johann Reil (died 1813), German physician


noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
a pyramid-shaped area of the brain within each cerebral hemisphere beneath parts of the frontal and temporal lobes Also called island of Reil
Word Origin
Latin, literally: island
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Word Origin and History for island of Reil



Latin, literally "an island" (also, in ancient Rome, "a block of buildings"); see isle.

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island of Reil in Medicine

island of Reil (rīl)
An oval region of the cerebral cortex, lateral to the lentiform nucleus, and buried in the fissure of sylvius.. Also called insula.

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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