[ thal-uh-muhs ]
/ ˈθæl ə məs /
noun, plural thal·a·mi [thal-uh-mahy]. /ˈθæl əˌmaɪ/.
Anatomy. the middle part of the diencephalon through which sensory impulses pass to reach the cerebral cortex.
Botany. a receptacle or torus.
Also called thalamium. an apartment for women in an ancient Greek house.
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Origin of thalamus
1695–1705; <New Latin; Latin: bedroom <Greek thálamos
OTHER WORDS FROM thalamus
tha·lam·ic [thuh-lam-ik], /θəˈlæm ɪk/, adjectivetha·lam·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·tha·lam·ic, adjectivesub·tha·lam·ic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for thalamus
His motivation had been thalamic rather than cortical and he was having trouble externalizing it verbally.A Slave is a Slave|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for thalamus
/ (ˈθæləməs) /
noun plural -mi (-ˌmaɪ)
either of the two contiguous egg-shaped masses of grey matter at the base of the brain
both of these masses considered as a functional unit
the receptacle or torus of a flower
Derived forms of thalamusthalamic (θəˈlæmɪk), adjectivethalamically, adverb
Word Origin for thalamus
C18: from Latin, Greek thalamos inner room; probably related to Greek tholos vault
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Medical definitions for thalamus
[ thăl′ə-məs ]
n. pl. thal•a•mi (-mī′)
A large ovoid mass of gray matter that forms the larger dorsal subdivision of the diencephalon and is located medial to the internal capsule and to the body and tail of the caudate nucleus. It functions in the relay of sensory impulses to the cerebral cortex.
Other words from thalamustha•lam′ic (thə-lăm′ĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for thalamus
[ thăl′ə-məs ]
Plural thalami (thăl′ə-mī′)
The part of the vertebrate brain that lies at the rear of the forebrain. It relays sensory information to the cerebral cortex and regulates the perception of touch, pain, and temperature.
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Cultural definitions for thalamus
[ (thal-uh-muhs) ]
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