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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "A Successful Artificial Memory Has Been Created," 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, "Pete the Planner: Money-related mental illness is no joking matter," 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, "Animals and Love: Exclusive Excerpt From Exultant Ark," 16 June 2011

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First Known Use of tegmental

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Tegmental.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tegmental?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=tegmen03. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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