parietal lobe


: the middle division of each cerebral hemisphere that contains an area concerned with bodily sensations

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Parietal Lobe Sitting behind the frontal lobe, near the top and center of the cerebral cortex, the parietal lobe is responsible for movement coordination, math computation, spatial orientation, touch sensation, visual perception and speech. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2022 Phrenologists suggested the part of the cerebrum above the eyes, called the frontal lobe, is most important for intelligence and is proportionally larger in men, while the parietal lobe, just behind the frontal lobe, is proportionally larger in women. The Conversation, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2020 Saying that damaging the parietal lobe could cause spatial neglect is about as meaningful as saying that driving your car off a cliff might damage your windshield. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2014 Our brains come hard-wired with the ability to hear and speak language (from a place called Wernicke’s area in the temporal lobe) and the ability to understand and remember symbols (the parietal lobe). Melanie Hamon, Longreads, 23 Feb. 2023 Damage to the right parietal lobe can result in the inability to care for one side of your body such as washing or getting dressed. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 28 Jan. 2022 Beginning in the late 1990s, neuroimaging studies showed that a specific area of the parietal lobe — the IPS — is important for very basic numerical magnitude processing, such as deciding which of two numbers is larger. Carlin Flora, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2013 For example, a person with the acalculia variant experiences a deterioration in the intraparietal sulcus, which is located in the parietal lobe. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of parietal lobe was in 1865

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“Parietal lobe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

parietal lobe

: the middle division of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated behind the central sulcus, above the sylvian fissure, and in front of the parieto-occipital sulcus and that contains an area concerned with bodily sensations

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