putamen

noun pu·ta·men \ pyü-ˈtā-mən \

Definition of putamen

: the large dark lateral part of the basal ganglion which comprises the external portion of the corpus striatum and which has connections to the caudate nucleus

Origin and Etymology of putamen

New Latin, from Latin, hard outer covering, shell, from putare to clean, prune


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putamen

noun pu·ta·men \ pyü-ˈtā-mən \

medical Definition of putamen

plural putamina play \-ˈtam-ə-nə\
: an outer reddish layer of gray matter in the lentiform nucleus

putaminous

play \-ˈtam-ə-nəs\ adjective

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