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 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 The Orexin system regulates neuronal limbic circuits implicated in depression, and trials of Orexin 2 receptor antagonists are well underway. Husseini Manji, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 The nail in the foot is the film’s iconic moment of limbic horror. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 This new general biology included a new brain structure atop the brainstem called the limbic brain. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 In autoimmune limbic encephalitis, certain antibodies, the foot soldiers of the immune system, mistakenly attack parts of the brain. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021 There is a sort of limbic satisfaction in rubbing a loser’s nose in defeat, especially after a bitter contest. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 Nov. 2020 In 2017, just after Lowry was diagnosed with limbic encephalitis, his doctor ordered home health IVIG infusions., 5 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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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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