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noun, plural pu·tam·i·na [pyoo-tam-uh-nuh] /pyuˈtæm ə nə/.
  1. Botany. a hard or stony endocarp, as a peach stone.
  2. a shell membrane.

Origin of putamen

1820–30; < Latin putāmen, equivalent to putā(re) to prune, clean + -men resultative suffix
Related formspu·tam·i·nous [pyoo-tam-uh-nuh s] /pyuˈtæm ə nəs/, adjective
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  • The endocarp is usually hard, forming the stone (putamen) of the fruit, which encloses the kernel or seed.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for putamen


noun plural -tamina (-ˈtæmɪnə)
  1. the hard endocarp or stone of fruits such as the peach, plum, and cherry

Word Origin

C19: from Latin: clippings, from putāre to prune
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putamen in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The outer, larger, and darker gray of the three portions into which the lentiform nucleus of the brain is divided.
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