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Limbic

Adjective 1. referring to the system comprising the hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, cingulate gyrus, fornix, and multiple subcortical structures including portions of hypothalamus and thalamus; important in memory and emotion. (strokecenter.org) 2. Relating to the limbic system. (wiktionary.org) 3. Pertaining to a limbus or margin, forming a border around. (biology-online.org) Word origin: From French limbique (1878, Broca), from limbe, from Latin limbus...

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Limbus

/ˈlimbəs/ Noun, pl. limbi 1. Border or edge of an anatomical part. (wikipedia.org) 2. The border or margin of a structure, esp. the junction of the cornea and sclera in the eye. (Google Dictionary) 3. A border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished by color or structure. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) Word origin: Latin, literally “edge,...

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Limen

/ˈlīmən/ Noun, pl. limens, lamina 1. A threshold of a physiological or psychological response. (wikipedia.org) 2. Entrance; the external opening of a canal or space, such as limen insulae. (biology-online.org) 3. The smallest detectable sensation. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) Syn: threshold Word origin: Latin word for “threshold, cross-piece,...

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Liminal

/ˈlimənl/ Adjective 1. Pertaining to a threshold or entrance. (wiktionary.org) 2. Relating to a beginning or first stage of a process; inceptive; inchoative; marginal; insignificant. (wiktionary.org) 3. Pertaining to a stimulus just strong enough to excite a tissue, e.g., nerve or muscle. (biology-online.org) 4. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. (Google Dictionary) Word origin: From Latin limen “threshold, cross-piece,...

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Limnology

Noun 1. The scientific study of bodies of fresh water for their biological and physical and geological properties.The study of freshwater ecosystems. (biology-online.org) 2. The study of inland waters. It covers the biological, chemical, physical, geological, and other attributes of all inland waters (running and standing waters, both fresh and saline, natural or man-made). This includes the study of lakes and ponds, rivers, springs, streams and wetlands. (wikipedia.com)   Syn: freshwater science Word origin: From Greek: Λίμνη limnee, “lake”; and λόγος, logos,...

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