pertaining to or of the nature of a limbus or border; marginal.

Origin of limbic

First recorded in 1880–85; limb(us)2 + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for limbic

Contemporary Examples of limbic

  • One limbic structure affected by this early maldevelopment is the amygdala, which generates emotions like fear.

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  • In his scheme, the limbic system evolved alongside the developing social complexity of the mammals.

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Historical Examples of limbic

Word Origin and History for limbic

1879, from French limbique (1878, Broca), from limbe, from Latin limbus "edge" (see limb (n.2)). Limbic system is attested from 1950.

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Medicine definitions for limbic




Of, relating to, or characterized by a limbus.
Of or relating to the limbic system.
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