Broca's area

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Bro·​ca's area | \ ˈbrō-kəz- How to pronounce Broca's area (audio) \

Definition of Broca's area

: a brain center associated with the motor control of speech and usually located in the left side of the frontal lobe

First Known Use of Broca's area

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Broca's area

Paul Broca †1880 French surgeon

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“Broca's area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Broca%27s%20area. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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Broca's area

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Medical Definition of Broca's area

: a brain center associated with the motor control of speech and usually located in the left but sometimes in the right inferior frontal gyrus

called also Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca

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