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[in-suh-luh, ins-yuh-]
noun, plural in·su·lae [in-suh-lee, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn səˌli, ˈɪns yə-/. Anatomy.
  1. a group of convolutions situated at the base of the lateral fissure of the brain.
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Origin of insula

1825–35; < New Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle
Also called Island of Reil.
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Historical Examples of insula

  • The private houses in Borne were of two kinds: the insula and the domus.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • Another title for Michael, or Insula; see ante, p. 147, note 13.

  • Ogygia, name of Ireland, or of the Insula Hyperboreorum, 437.

  • Here, in short, is the record of an oblong 'insula' in the Roman town of Orange.

  • Domus, a house, meant a dwelling occupied by one family, whether it were an insula or not.

British Dictionary definitions for insula


noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. a pyramid-shaped area of the brain within each cerebral hemisphere beneath parts of the frontal and temporal lobesAlso called: island of Reil
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Word Origin for insula

Latin, literally: island
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Word Origin and History for insula


Latin, literally "an island" (also, in ancient Rome, "a block of buildings"); see isle.

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insula in Medicine


(ĭnsə-lə, ĭnsyə-)
n. pl. -lae (-lē′)
  1. Island.
  2. A circumscribed body or patch on the skin.
  3. island of Reil
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