basal ganglion

noun

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

called also basal nucleus

Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basal ganglion was in 1846

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“Basal ganglion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basal%20ganglion. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

basal ganglion

noun
: 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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