\ 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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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 Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 Really go all in by picking a rose piece to bedeck every open space of skin: Wrists, necks, ear lobes, and fingers can all be made rosy. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 Bernia Garner was working behind the nurse's station when the patient jumped over the counter, knocked her to the ground and bit her ear lobe off. Martha Bellisle, The Seattle Times, "Nurse who lost part of ear in patient assault sues state," 8 Nov. 2018 Thompson went on to do a vertical stack of two studs on my right lobe. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Everything You Want to Know About Tragus Piercings — Including How Much They Hurt," 13 Aug. 2018 Both of them are embedded in the Homunculus Nebula, the product of earlier eruptions that holds about 15 solar masses of material in its two main lobes, which roughly align with the stars' orbit. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Just what’s happened to our neighborhood’s most violent star, η Carinae?," 6 Aug. 2018

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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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