occipital lobe


Definition of occipital lobe 

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

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Cortical folding appears to decrease with age across large swaths of the frontal, parietal and occipital lobes in both young people with autism and controls. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 There images are converted to electrical signals and sent to the occipital lobe, where the information is processed back into imagery. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 The visual processing center of their brains, known as the occipital lobe, was larger than their human counterparts. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The shape, not size, of our ancestors' brains may have helped them outlast Neanderthals," 27 Apr. 2018 Instead, we were treated to treats from users flexing their occipital lobes to craft hip-hop themed tweets. Desire Thompson, Billboard, "People Are Tweeting Rap Lyrics to Celebrate Twitter's New Character Limit," 8 Nov. 2017

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of occipital lobe 

: 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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