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insula in·su·la (ĭn'sə-lə, ĭns'yə-)
n. pl. -lae (-lē')
A circumscribed body or patch on the skin.
See island of Reil.
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.
(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