[ uh-mig-duh-luh ]

noun,plural a·myg·da·lae [uh-mig-duh-lee]. /əˈmɪg dəˌli/. Anatomy.
  1. an almond-shaped part, as a tonsil.

  2. a ganglion of the limbic system adjoining the temporal lobe of the brain and involved in emotions of fear and aggression.

Origin of amygdala

before 950; <Medieval Latin: almond, tonsil, Latin: almond <Greek amygdálē; replacing Middle English amygdal,Old English amigdal almond <Latin amygdalon<Greek amýgdalon;cf. almond

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British Dictionary definitions for amygdala


/ (əˈmɪɡdələ) /

nounplural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. anatomy an almond-shaped part, such as a tonsil or a lobe of the cerebellum

Origin of amygdala

C16: from Medieval Latin: almond

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Scientific definitions for amygdala


[ ə-mĭgdə-lə ]

Plural amygdalae (ə-mĭgdə-lē)
  1. An almond-shaped mass of gray matter in the front part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum that is part of the limbic system and is involved in the processing and expression of emotions, especially anger and fear.

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