Basal ganglia

any of several masses of gray matter in each cerebral hemisphere.
Historical Examples

Thus the cerebellum and basal ganglia are a little smaller in men than in women, compared with the cerebral hemispheres.
The Sexual Question August Forel

plural noun
the thalamus together with other closely related masses of grey matter, situated near the base of the brain

the large masses of gray matter at the base of the brain which, if damaged, would impair motor abilities
Usage Note


basal ganglia pl.n.

The caudate and lentiform nuclei of the brain and the cell groups associated with them, considered as a group.

All of the large masses of gray matter at the base of the cerebral hemisphere. No longer in technical use.

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