Broca's area

noun Anatomy.

a cerebral area, usually in the left inferior frontal gyrus, associated with the movements necessary for speech production.



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Also called Broca's gyrus, Broca's convolution.

Origin of Broca's area

First recorded in 1900–05; after P. Broca Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for Broca's area

Broca's area

Broca's centre

/ (ˈbrɒkəz) /


the region of the cerebral cortex of the brain concerned with speech; the speech centre

Word Origin for Broca's area

C19: named after Paul Broca
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Medical definitions for Broca's area

Broca's area


A small posterior part of the inferior frontal gyrus of the left cerebral hemisphere, identified as an essential component of the motor mechanisms governing articulated speech.Broca's center motor speech center
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Scientific definitions for Broca's area

Broca's area
[ brōkəz ]

An area located in the frontal lobe of the brain, usually in the left cerebral hemisphere. It is associated with the motor control of speech. Broca's area is named for French surgeon and anthropologist Pierre Paul Broca (1824-80), who first located the area.
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