visual cortex


: a sensory area of the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex receiving afferent nerve fibers concerned with vision

called also visual area

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The findings build on previous research into the visual cortex, which found similar patterns of recognition in response to images of faces, bodies, words, and places. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 22 Sep. 2022 Even in the primary visual cortex, the area far to the back of the brain where Hubel and Wiesel made their recordings, only a fraction of neurons actually fire when the animal looks at oriented bars. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2022 The food-specific neurons live in the visual cortex—the part of the brain that processes information relayed from the eyes—and fire in response to food photos. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 22 Sep. 2022 Bypassing damaged photoreceptors, the electrodes directly stimulate surviving neurons—either bipolar or ganglion cells—that feed into the brain’s visual cortex, imparting an artificial version of sight to patients. Connie Chang Chinchio, Popular Mechanics, 25 Aug. 2022 The two groups had no difference in glutamate levels in the visual cortex, which acted as a control, according to Vice. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2022 The neurons in the visual cortex that respond to the image of, say, a rose have no clue. György Buzsáki, Scientific American, 14 May 2022 Some patients enrolled in clinical trials for Second Sight’s latest neural interface, which directly stimulates the visual cortex, have either removed the device or are contemplating doing so. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Waves that reach the visual cortex and cause visual symptoms are the most common type. Abigail Libers, SELF, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of visual cortex was in 1954

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Cite this Entry

“Visual cortex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

visual cortex


: a sensory area of the occipital lobe of the cerebral cortex receiving afferent projection fibers concerned with the sense of sight

called also visual area

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