- a group of convolutions situated at the base of the lateral fissure of the brain.
Origin of insula
1825–35; < New Latin, Latin: island; cf. isle
Also called Island of Reil.
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Examples from the Web for insula
The private houses in Borne were of two kinds: the insula and the domus.Architecture
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.The Round Towers of Ireland
Here, in short, is the record of an oblong 'insula' in the Roman town of Orange.Ancient Town-Planning
Domus, a house, meant a dwelling occupied by one family, whether it were an insula or not.Stories of the Olden Time
- a pyramid-shaped area of the brain within each cerebral hemisphere beneath parts of the frontal and temporal lobesAlso called: island of Reil
Latin, literally: island
Word Origin and History for insula
Latin, literally "an island" (also, in ancient Rome, "a block of buildings"); see isle.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A circumscribed body or patch on the skin.
- island of Reil
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