temporal lobe

noun

: a large lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated in front of the occipital lobe and contains a sensory area associated with the organ of hearing

Examples of temporal lobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At times, the part of the brain responsible for detecting familiarity—the medial temporal lobe, which is located just behind your temple and plays a large role in encoding and retrieving memories—may fire off overenthusiastically for no particular reason, O’Connor says. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2023 Instead, because of where the patients’ electrodes were inserted, the study focused on the medial temporal lobe, which is involved in memory. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 The 68-year-old actor has been going through a form of dementia that generally progresses more rapidly than Alzheimer's disease and gradually damages the brain's frontal and temporal lobes, which leads to problems with behavior, trouble communicating, and difficulty with walking. Heather Hunter, Washington Examiner, 6 Dec. 2023 Dysfunction in the temporal lobe, the part of the brain that processes auditory function and encodes memories, may also play a role in both diseases. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2023 Frontotemporal dementia Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of degenerative diseases that gradually damage or shrink the brain’s frontal and anterior temporal lobes, located in the front of the brain. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2023 The superior temporal gyrus, located in the temporal lobe, seemed to be heavily involved in musical perception, with a particular subregion connected to rhythm. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 Later Symptoms of Aphasia Although PPA typically begins with a person’s inability to speak properly, these symptoms gradually become much worse as the left temporal lobe (the part of the brain responsible for language recall) degrades. Matt Benoit, Discover Magazine, 2 May 2023 Frontotemporal dementia is an all-encompassing term for a group of brain disorders that threatens, as the name implies, the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temporal lobe was in 1889

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“Temporal lobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporal%20lobe. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

temporal lobe

noun
: a large lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated in front of the occipital lobe and contains a sensory area associated with the organ of hearing

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