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Noun: amygdala (amygdalae)  u'mig-du-lu
  1. An almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and emotional behaviour
    - amygdaloid nucleus, corpus amygdaloideum

Derived forms: amygdalae

Type of: basal ganglion

Part of: limbic brain, limbic system, temporal cortex, temporal lobe, visceral brain

Encyclopedia: Amygdala