putamen

noun
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

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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putamen

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

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