\ ˈlōb How to pronounce lobe (audio) \

Definition of lobe

: a curved or rounded projection or division specifically : a usually somewhat rounded projection or division of a bodily organ or part

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Examples of lobe in a Sentence

the frontal lobe of the brain

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Apple’s AirPods, those white sticks dangling down people’s lobes, jump-started a big trend in headphones with separate buds that connect wirelessly to each other and to your phone. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "The best way to review wireless earbuds is to have Sammy Hagar headbang with them," 7 July 2019 Most donors are deceased, but kidneys and livers can both come from living donors (pancreatic, lung lobe, intestine, and uterus transplants can also come from living donors, but are much more rare). Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "These are the organs transplant patients need the most," 30 May 2019 Piscotty underwent surgery Thursday to remove a melanoma from the outer lobe of his right ear. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Athletics’ Piscotty available off bench Sunday, should start Monday," 16 June 2019 Franzen has had the lower lobes of both lungs partially removed and also has lost his left kidney. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Montgomery cancer patient who ordered 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate begins serving prison term," 14 June 2019 During her first lung cancer, Ms. DiJulio had the right lower lobe of her lung removed. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "A Journey With Lung Cancer," 8 Jan. 2019 This lobe processes auditory information and helps integrate memories with sounds and other sensory information. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy’s brain—now he’s doing just fine," 1 Aug. 2018 The injections prevent delicate lobes from ripping and provide extra cushioning for heavy jewelry. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kris Jenner Isn't the Only One With Earlobe Issues—Here's How a Derm Can Help," 16 Jan. 2018 This view highlights Ultima Thule’s contours, including a prominent crater on the smaller of the two lobes. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Releases New, High-Quality Image of Ultima Thule," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of lobe

1541, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lobe

Middle French, from Late Latin lobus, from Greek lobos

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English Language Learners Definition of lobe

: a curved or rounded part of something (such as a leaf or a part of the body)


\ ˈlōb How to pronounce lobe (audio) \

Kids Definition of lobe

: a rounded part a lobe of a leaf the lobe of the ear

Other Words from lobe

lobed \ ˈlōbd \ adjective


\ ˈlōb How to pronounce lobe (audio) \

Medical Definition of lobe

: a curved or rounded projection or division: as
a : a more or less rounded projection of a body organ or part the lobe of the ear
b : a division of a body organ (as the brain, lungs, or liver) marked off by a fissure on the surface

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