Wernicke's area

[ wur-ni-kuhz air-ee-uh, vair-ni-keez ]
/ ˈwɜr nɪ kəz ˌɛər i ə, ˈvɛər nɪ kiz /
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noun Anatomy.
a portion of the left posterior temporal lobe of the brain, including the posterior of the superior temporal gyrus and adjacent areas, and associated with the ability to understand words.
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Also called Wer·nick·e’s re·gion [wur-ni-kuhz ree-juhn, vair-ni-keez] /ˈwɜr nɪ kəz ˌri dʒən, ˈvɛər nɪ kiz/ .

Origin of Wernicke's area

First recorded in 1905–10; after German neurologist Karl Wernicke (1848–1905), who discovered it
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Wernicke's area
[ vĕrnĭ-kēz, -kəz ]

An area located in the rear of the left temporal lobe of the brain. It is associated with the ability to recognize and understand spoken language. It is named for its discoverer, German neurologist and psychologist Carl Wernicke (1848-1905).
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