dor·​so·​lat·​er·​al | \ ˌdȯr-sō-ˈla-tə-rəl How to pronounce dorsolateral (audio) , -ˈla-trəl \

Definition of dorsolateral

: of, relating to, or involving both the back and the sides

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Recent Examples on the Web The researchers aimed at the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex because dozens of small neuro-imaging studies have reported that in people deemed antisocial or aggressive or both, this region is typically smaller and less active than in other people. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Can zapping people’s brains reduce violence? Controversial study sees potential," 2 July 2018 The part responsible for self-inhibition and control, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, is blue. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Jazz improv and your brain: The key to creativity?," 29 Apr. 2018 But there was less activity in areas like the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which contributes to self-control. Tim Requarth, New York Times, "A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science," 17 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of dorsolateral

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Dorsolateral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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dor·​so·​lat·​er·​al | \ ˌdȯr-sō-ˈlat-ə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl How to pronounce dorsolateral (audio) \

Medical Definition of dorsolateral

: of, relating to, or involving both the back and the sides the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex

Other Words from dorsolateral

dorsolaterally \ -​ē How to pronounce dorsolaterally (audio) \ adverb

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