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[lim-bik] /ˈlɪm bɪk/
pertaining to or of the nature of a limbus or border; marginal.
Origin of limbic
1880-85; limb(us)2 + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for limbic
  • Our emotional limbic system seeks homeostasis-it tries to reset to calmer functional defaults when it's been riled up.
  • He found a group of cells within it that connect directly to the limbic system, the brain's emotion-generating area.
Word Origin and History for limbic

1879, from French limbique (1878, Broca), from limbe, from Latin limbus "edge" (see limb (n.2)). Limbic system is attested from 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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limbic in Medicine

limbic lim·bic (lĭm'bĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by a limbus.

  2. Of or relating to the limbic system.

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