- basal ganglion
- nounany of several masses of subcortical grey matter at the base of each cerebral hemisphere that seem to be involved in the regulation of voluntary movement• Hypernyms: ↑ganglion• Hyponyms:↑amygdala, ↑amygdaloid nucleus, ↑corpus amygdaloideum, ↑caudate nucleus, ↑caudate, ↑claustrum, ↑lenticular nucleus, ↑lentiform nucleus, ↑pallidum, ↑globus pallidus, ↑paleostriatum, ↑putamen, ↑corpus striatum, ↑striatum, ↑striate body• Part Holonyms:↑pyramidal tract, ↑pyramidal motor system, ↑corticospinal tract, ↑diencephalon, ↑interbrain, ↑betweenbrain, ↑thalmencephalon
* * *noun: any of four deeply placed masses of gray matter within each cerebral hemisphere comprising the caudate nucleus, the lenticular nucleus, the amygaloid nucleus, and the claustrum — usually used in plural
* * *Anat.any of several masses of gray matter in each cerebral hemisphere.[1910-15]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.