Definition of putamen in English:


Line breaks: pu|ta¦men
Pronunciation: /pjʊˈteɪmɛn

noun (plural putamina /-ˈteɪmɪnə/ or putamens)

The outer part of the lentiform nucleus of the brain.
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  • 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.


late 19th century: from Latin, literally 'shell remaining after pruning'.



More example sentences
  • 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.

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