Wernicke's area


Wer·​nick·​e's area ˈver-nə-kəz- How to pronounce Wernicke's area (audio)
: an area of the brain that is located in the posterior left temporal lobe and is associated with comprehension of language

Word History


Karl Wernicke †1905 German neurologist

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Wernicke's area was in 1950

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“Wernicke's area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wernicke%27s%20area. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

Wernicke's area

: an area located in the posterior part of the superior temporal gyrus that plays an important role in the comprehension of language
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