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  1. occipital lobe, occipital cortex(noun)

    that part of the cerebral cortex in either hemisphere of the brain lying in the back of the head


  1. occipital lobe(Noun)

    one of the four major divisions of the cerebrum of the brain, located at the back of the head

  2. Origin: from Latin occiput 'back of the head'


  1. Occipital lobe

    The occipital lobe is the visual processing center of the mammalian brain containing most of the anatomical region of the visual cortex. The primary visual cortex is Brodmann area 17, commonly called V1. Human V1 is located on the medial side of the occipital lobe within the calcarine sulcus; the full extent of V1 often continues onto the posterior pole of the occipital lobe. V1 is often also called striate cortex because it can be identified by a large stripe of myelin, the Stria of Gennari. Visually driven regions outside V1 are called extrastriate cortex. There are many extrastriate regions, and these are specialized for different visual tasks, such as visuospatial processing, color discrimination and motion perception. The name derives from the overlying occipital bone, which is named from the Latin oc- + caput, "back of the head".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Occipital Lobe

    Posterior part of the cerebral hemisphere.

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