teg·​men·​tal | \ teg-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce tegmental (audio) \

Definition of tegmental

: of, relating to, or associated with an integument or a tegmentum

Examples of tegmental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of tegmental

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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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 24 May. 2022.

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teg·​men·​tal | \ teg-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce tegmental (audio) \

Medical Definition of tegmental

: of, relating to, or associated with a tegmentum especially of the brain


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