Definition of limbic system noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


limbic system

BrE BrE//ˈlɪmbɪk sɪstəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪmbɪk sɪstəm//
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a system of nerves in the brain involving several different areas, concerned with basic emotions such as fear and anger and basic needs such as the need to eat and to have sex Word Originlate 19th cent.: limbic from French limbique, from Latin limbus ‘edge’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: limbic system