teg·​men·​tal teg-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce tegmental (audio)
: of, relating to, or associated with an integument or a tegmentum

Examples of tegmental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visions of us holding hands while lying side by side in a field of dandelions have released dopamine from the ventral tegmental area of my brain. Meghana Indurti, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2023 That first spark of attraction ignites a region buried deep inside the brain called the ventral tegmental area, or VTA. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Feb. 2020 Earlier studies had shown that specific nerve pathways leading to a structure known as the ventral tegmental area (VTA) were important for the aversive nature of the foot shock. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2019 It's produced in the ventral tegmental part of the brain and is released when a person expects or receives a reward of any kind. Peter Dunn, Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2017 For instance, when a male zebra finch sings a courtship song to a female, nerve cells in a part of his brain called the ventral tegmental area become activated. Brandon Keim, WIRED, 16 June 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tegmental was circa 1890

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“Tegmental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tegmental. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


teg·​men·​tal teg-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce tegmental (audio)
: of, relating to, or associated with a tegmentum especially of the brain
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