limbic

adjective

lim·​bic ˈlim-bik How to pronounce limbic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain

Examples of limbic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the nerve stimulation also activates parts of the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in regulating the limbic regions of the brain that control emotion. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 4 July 2023 Also, without consciousness, the social tenets embedded in our limbic brain, which support our capacity for love, respect, and compassion, are disconnected, giving rise to sheer individualism. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Among the group who tested positive for the virus and reported experiencing anxiety and depression, there were signs of shrinkage in the limbic area of the brain, which is involved in memory and emotional processing. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2023 This nerve projects to brain structures that relay signals to a variety of areas involved in PTSD and MDD, including the amygdala and limbic forebrain. Ben Thomas, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2016 Miller hypothesizes that exposure to toxicants permanently decreases the threshold needed to excite the limbic network, setting the stage for a phenomenon much like kindling. Jill Neimark, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2013 These include the structure of certain limbic and sensorimotor areas in the brain and a measure of connectivity between brain regions known to be important in the placebo response and pain processing. Allison Whitten, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2021 Brave people typically have normal limbic systems (where the amygdala is located) and feel fear, but work to overcome it. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 7 July 2022 That’s because loss is processed in the limbic, or emotional part of the brain, and gains register in the prefrontal cortex, where cognitive behavior is processed, Finke said. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin limbicus of a border or margin, from Latin limbus

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of limbic was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Limbic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limbic. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

limbic

adjective
lim·​bic ˈlim-bik How to pronounce limbic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain
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