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

Definition of limbic

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

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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 The limbic system, the center for our emotions, begins to show much higher activity, while the frontal lobes, which might ordinarily calm people, start to shut down. Chris Nashawaty, WIRED, "The Jerusalem Syndrome: Why Some Religious Tourists Believe They Are the Messiah," 17 Feb. 2012 Imaging studies have also shown the effects of smells on our brain's limbic system and its emotional pathways, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine on Ann Maloney,, "Beach cocktail: Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita recipe," 28 June 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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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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