[lahy-muh n]

noun, plural li·mens, lim·i·na [lim-uh-nuh] /ˈlɪm ə nə/.

Origin of limen

First recorded in 1890–95, limen is from the Latin word līmen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for limina


noun plural limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)

psychol another term for threshold (def. 4) See also liminal

Word Origin for limen

C19: from Latin
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Medicine definitions for limina



n. pl. li•mens

The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
The external opening of a canal; an entrance.
Related formslimi•nal (lĭmə-nəl) adj.
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