Putamen definition

pyo͝o-tāmən
(anat.) The outer portion of the corpus striatum: it is associated with movement and with such neurological disorders as Parkinson's disease.
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The hard endocarp of certain fruits; pyrene.
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The reddish, outermost, and largest of the three portions into which the lentiform nucleus of the brain is divided.
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The hard endocarp of certain fruits; pyrene.
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The reddish, outermost, and largest of the three portions into which the lentiform nucleus of the brain is divided.
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(anatomy) A round structure located at the base of the forebrain, regulating movement and learning.
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A hard, shell-like covering.
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(botany) The shell of a nut; the stone of a drupe fruit; endocarp.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
putamen
Plural:
putamens, putamina

Origin of putamen

  • Latin putāmen that which falls off in pruning, shell, husk from putāre to prune pau-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition