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

Examples of occipital lobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chemist’s pills target the part of the brain that houses creativity, the occipital lobe, and cranks it up to ten. Kelly Mcclure, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 It is usually caused by damage to the fusiform gyrus in the posterior temporal lobe and anterior portion of the occipital lobe. Daniel Gibbs, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2021 Maybe take a brief break from staring at the blank page before you, open up that dirty window, and feel the TikTok algorithm on your exhausted occipital lobe. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 10 Apr. 2021 But localizationists had long ago demonstrated that vision occurs in the occipital lobe, which is located at the back of the brain. Grace Huckins, Wired, 17 Aug. 2020 Afarensis's occipital lobe, or the brain's visual center, was located toward the front of the skull, similar to modern apes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Apr. 2020 The primary visual cortex, in the occipital lobe, at the rear of the head, then sends out these signals—which are conveying things like edges, colors, and motion. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 While the human brain does most of its visual processing in a region called the occipital lobe, cephalopod neurology appears to be a bit more disorganized. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2020 The occipital lobe is one of the four major lobes of the cerebral cortex, the thick outer layer of gray matter covering our noggins’ hemispheres. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of occipital lobe

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 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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