caudate nucleus


Definition of caudate nucleus

: the most medial of the four basal ganglia in each cerebral hemisphere

called also caudate

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Recent Examples on the Web The study also found that the caudate nucleus, a reward center in the brain, was activated in response to negative gossip about celebrities; subjects seemed to be amused or entertained by salacious celebrity scandals. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "The Science Behind Why People Gossip—And When It Can Be a Good Thing," 25 Sep. 2019

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Caudate nucleus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of caudate nucleus

: the one of the four basal ganglia in each cerebral hemisphere that comprises a mass of gray matter in the corpus striatum, forms part of the floor of the lateral ventricle, and is separated from the lentiform nucleus by the internal capsule

called also caudate

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