noun (plural insulae /ˈɪnsjʊliː/)
1(In ancient Rome) a tenement in a city.
- In the reign of Hadrian a forum/basilica complex was constructed, and slightly later a set of public baths in the insula to the east of the forum.
- Then in the residential areas were the insulae.
- These flats were known as insulae and only contained two rooms at the most.
2 Anatomy A region of the brain deep in the cerebral cortex.
- The insular cortex is indented by a number of sulci, one of which - the central sulcus of the insula - is deeper and more prominent than the rest.
- A few seconds later, presumably as the person responded to the humor, brain regions called the insula and amygdala became active across both hemispheres of the brain.
- While rejecting an offer, increased brain activity was observed in the anterior insula, which is associated with negative emotions such as disgust.
Latin, literally 'island'.
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