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amygdala

Pronunciation: ă-mig′dă-lă, -lē

Definition:

  1. The lymphatic tonsils (pharyngeal, palatine, lingual, laryngeal, and tubal).
  2. General term used for the amygdaloid body [TA], which is thought to assess and assign emotional valence to somatic, visceral, and olfactory sensory input.

[L. fr. G. amygdalē, almond; in Mediev. & Mod. L., a tonsil]

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