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pulvinar

[puhl-vahy-ner] /pʌlˈvaɪ nər/
noun, plural pulvinaria
[puhl-vuh-nair-ee-uh] /ˌpʌl vəˈnɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
  1. a cushioned couch kept in readiness for any visitation of a god.
  2. a cushioned seat at a circus.
2.
Also called pulvinus. (on an Ionic capital) either of two convex forms having on their ends two of the volutes.
adjective
3.
pulvinate (def 3).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; (noun) < Latin pulvīnar cushioned couch, equivalent to pulvīn(us) cushion + -ar, shortening of -āre, neuter of āris -ar1; (adj.) pulvin(us) + -ar1
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pulvinaria in Medicine

pulvinar pul·vi·nar (pŭl-vī'nər)
n.
The posterior extremity of the thalamus, forming a cushionlike prominence over the posterior aspect of the internal capsule.

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