lim·​bic | \ ˈlim-bik How to pronounce limbic (audio) \

Definition of limbic

: of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain

Examples of limbic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The legal blowback is consistent with the history of limbic capitalism. David T. Courtwright, STAT, "Vaping and prescription opioids: limbic capitalism in action," 28 Oct. 2019 In 2017, just after Lowry was diagnosed with limbic encephalitis, his doctor ordered home health IVIG infusions., "Most read on," 5 Nov. 2019 The answer is that the narrative design largely gets in the way of the limbic disturbances of the originals. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mild Horror of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”," 12 Aug. 2019 Humans naturally gravitate towards things that light up the limbic regions of our brains, the deep system wired for survival and pleasure motivation. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "Why we shop and shop and shop," 21 June 2019 Weeks later, her doctor confirmed Swanson’s disease, limbic encephalitis — which affects about 1 in 100,000 people and can be fatal — had suddenly gone into remission. Vikki Ortiz Healy,, "North Aurora woman says she was cured after visit to grave of 'Little Cajun Saint'," 12 Dec. 2017 So much of the place’s history has left with its late inhabitants or is tucked away in the recesses of Ethel Kennedy’s limbic system. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "How a Kennedy Family Party Devolved Into an “Angry Mob,” According to Cape Cod Police," 23 Aug. 2017 Female brains also showed more blood flow in the limbic region, which controls basic functions like hunger and thirst but is also thought to influence parenting and attachment. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Science Says Women Have a More Active Brain, Compared to Men," 8 Aug. 2017 The first abnormality appears in the limbic system, the set of brain structures involved in, among other things, processing emotions. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, The Atlantic, "When Your Child Is a Psychopath," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of limbic

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limbic

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

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The first known use of limbic was in 1882

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1 May 2020

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“Limbic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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lim·​bic | \ ˈlim-bik How to pronounce limbic (audio) \

Medical Definition of limbic

: of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain

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