basal ganglion

noun Anatomy.

any of several masses of gray matter in each cerebral hemisphere.

Origin of basal ganglion

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for basal ganglia

basal ganglia

pl n

the thalamus together with other closely related masses of grey matter, situated near the base of the brain
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Medicine definitions for basal ganglia

basal ganglia


The caudate and lentiform nuclei of the brain and the cell groups associated with them, considered as a group.
All of the large masses of gray matter at the base of the cerebral hemisphere. No longer in technical use.
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