putamen


pu·ta·men

noun \pyü-ˈtā-mən\

Definition of PUTAMEN

:  the large dark lateral part of the basal ganglion which comprises the external portion of the corpus striatum and which has connections to the caudate nucleus

Origin of PUTAMEN

New Latin, from Latin, hard outer covering, shell, from putare to clean, prune
First Known Use: 1890

pu·ta·men

noun \pyü-ˈtā-mən\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural pu·tam·i·na \-ˈtam-ə-nə\

Medical Definition of PUTAMEN

: an outer reddish layer of gray matter in the lentiform nucleus
pu·tam·i·nous \-ˈtam-ə-nəs\ adjective

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