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Definition of "thalamus" [thal•a•mus]

  • Anatomy A large ovoid mass of gray matter situated in the posterior part of the forebrain that relays sensory impulses to the cerebral cortex. (noun)
  • Botany The receptacle of a flower. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "thalamus" in a sentence
  • "Doubtless the word thalamus is, or should be, significative of peaceful occupations; but it is not a Latin word at all, except by adoption."
  • "The visual stimulus of the lion travels to the “input center” in the core of your brain, the thalamus, which is shaped like a tiny football."
  • "The thalamus is the receiving station for all information from your senses."