amygdala definition

  • noun:
    • An almond-shaped size of grey matter within the anterior part of the temporal lobe. Also referred to as amygdaloid nucleus.
    • The region regarding the mind, located in the medial temporal lobe, considered to play a vital part in the emotions, such concern and pleasure, in both pets and humans.
    • An almond.
    • among the tonsils for the pharynx.
    • One of the rounded prominences of the lower surface of the lateral hemispheres of the cerebellum, each side of the vallecula.
    • An almond.
    • A tonsil.
    • a little curved lobule associated with cerebellum on its underneath side.
    • a tiny mass of gray matter at the end of descending cornu associated with the lateral ventricle for the brain. Also called the amygdaloid nucleus.
    • [capitalized] In zoology: A genus of echinoderms. A genus of mollusks.
    • an almond-shaped neural framework into the anterior area of the temporal lobe of cerebrum; intimately associated with the hypothalamus while the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; included in the limbic system it plays a crucial role in motivation and psychological behavior

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