pu·​ta·​men | \ pyü-ˈtā-mən How to pronounce putamen (audio) \

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

Examples of putamen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the right parietal lobe does have functional and anatomical connections to the putamen, Hayashi said, so perhaps the interactions of the two produce a more cohesive perception of time. Quanta Magazine, 24 Sep. 2020 Brain scans of the study participants tracked this effect in a region called the putamen, which is involved in motor learning and other functions. Quanta Magazine, 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of putamen

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for putamen

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

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The first known use of putamen was in 1877

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“Putamen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putamen. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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pu·​ta·​men | \ pyü-ˈtā-mən How to pronounce putamen (audio) \
plural putamina\ -​ˈtam-​ə-​nə How to pronounce putamen (audio) \

Medical Definition of putamen

: an outer reddish layer of gray matter in the lentiform nucleus

Other Words from putamen

putaminous \ -​ˈtam-​ə-​nəs How to pronounce putamen (audio) \ adjective

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