ven·​tro·​lat·​er·​al ˌven-ˌtrō-ˈla-tə-rəl How to pronounce ventrolateral (audio)
: ventral and lateral

Examples of ventrolateral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When participants in the study viewed photos of faces that looked angry or fearful, activity in the amygdala increased, but when the participants used words to name the observed emotions, activity in the amygdala decreased and activity in the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex increased. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2020 Laboratory studies using fMRI, which measures blood-oxygen levels in the brain, have suggested that when someone lies, the brain sends more blood to the ventrolateral area of the prefrontal cortex. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2010 Parts of the larger ventrolateral frontal cortex are implicated in conditions such as ADHD, drug addiction, and compulsive disorders. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2014 But an entirely different region, called the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, became active. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2019 The second area—cumbersomely dubbed the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus, or VMHvl—is associated with aggression. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2020

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Word History


ventro- + lateral entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventrolateral was circa 1836

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“Ventrolateral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ven·​tro·​lat·​er·​al ˌven-ˌtrō-ˈlat-ə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl How to pronounce ventrolateral (audio)
: ventral and lateral
ventrolaterally adverb
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