occipital lobe

noun

: the posterior lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that bears the visual cortex and has the form of a 3-sided pyramid

Examples of occipital lobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In humans, though, it was confined primarily to the junction of the brain’s temporal, parietal and occipital lobes, a region involved in multiple features of consciousness, including visual, auditory and motion processing. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 14 May 2024 Football players had cortical thinning and changes in brain folding as well as lower brain signaling and coherence in frontal and medial parts of the brain, but increased signaling and coherence in the occipital lobe. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2024 In particular, healthy people with less activity in the temporal lobe regions affected by FTD had more activity in their dorsomedial occipital lobe, a region involved in visual association. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 26 May 2023 Further, among the visual artists with FTD, the greater the volume of the dorsomedial occipital lobe, the greater the volume of the portion of the motor cortex that controls movement in the right hand. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 26 May 2023 The study suggests that in a healthy brain, the temporal lobe directly or indirectly inhibits activity in the dorsomedial occipital lobe, which supports visual association. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 26 May 2023 Vision is processed in the occipital lobe, a different part of the brain than where auditory information is deciphered. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2023 The visual component comes in when the occipital lobe is activated and can cause those fireworks or glittery-type visual changes; as that activation passes, those side effects can give way to vision loss or blurred vision. Kim Peiffer, Glamour, 22 June 2023 Here the temporal and occipital lobes work together to register information about the image itself as well as its visual layout, including things like perspective and scale. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Occipital lobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occipital%20lobe. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

occipital lobe

noun
: the posterior lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is separated medially from the parietal lobe by the parieto-occipital sulcus, is indistinctly separated more laterally from the temporal and parietal lobes, bears the visual areas, and has the form of a 3-sided pyramid

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