basal ganglion


Definition of basal ganglion

: any of four deeply placed masses of gray matter (such as the amygdala) in each cerebral hemisphere

called also basal nucleus

First Known Use of basal ganglion

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Basal ganglion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of basal ganglion

: any of four deeply placed masses of gray matter within each cerebral hemisphere comprising the caudate nucleus, the lentiform nucleus, the amygdala, and the claustrum usually used in plural

called also basal nucleus

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