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Medical Term:

Wernicke center

Pronunciation: vern′ik-ĕ


the region of the cerebral cortex thought to be essential for understanding and formulating coherent, propositional speech; it encompasses a large region of the parietal and temporal lobes near the lateral sulcus of the left cerebral hemisphere; corresponding approximately to Brodmann areas 40, 39, and adjacent portions of 22.

Synonym(s): sensory speech center, Wernicke area, Wernicke field, Wernicke region, Wernicke zone

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