Definition of amygdala in English:

amygdala

noun

Anatomy
  • A roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions.

    • ‘The amygdala and cerebellum were not activated during processing of emotional facial expressions.’
    • ‘The MRI scans were used to quantify total volume of the cerebrum, lateral ventricles, hippocampus and amygdala.’
    • ‘Deep in the brain lies the amygdala, an almond-sized region that generates fear.’
    • ‘Both the hippocampus and the amygdala are involved in the processing and integration of memory.’
    • ‘The action of the amygdala in the limbic system functions as an alarm system, eliciting responses to cues in the present as if they were the original danger.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek amugdalē almond.

Pronunciation:

amygdala

/əˈmiɡdələ/