mushroom body

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Etymology[edit]

From mushroom + body, after German pilzhutförmiger Körper.

Noun[edit]

mushroom body ‎(plural mushroom bodies)

  1. (entomology) Either of a pair of structures in the brains of insects and some other arthropods thought to be involved in learning and memory.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 226:
      In fruit flies the cyclic AMP system seems to be especially active in brain regions called mushroom bodies, toadstool-shaped extrusions of neurons in the fruit fly brain.

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