noun (plural putamina /-ˈtamənə/ or putamens)Anatomy
The outer part of the lentiform nucleus of the brain.
- Immediately above the anterior perforated substance, the pear-shaped head of the caudate nucleus is confluent with the putamen of the lentiform nucleus.
- The term corpus striatum refers to the caudate, putamen, and globus pallidus.
- The irregular empty spaces between the putamen and the caudate nucleus were occupied by fiber bundles of the internal capsule.
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- Hypertensive putaminal hemorrhage remains a major cause of hemorrhagic stroke carrying extremely high morbidity.
- A CT scan done at time of admission revealed a left putaminal hemorrhage.
Late 19th century: from Latin, literally 'shell remaining after pruning'.
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