from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lower lateral lobe of either cerebral hemisphere, located in front of the occipital lobe and containing the sensory center of hearing in the brain.

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  • n. one of the four major divisions of the cerebrum of the brain, located behind the temples

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  • n. that part of the cerebral cortex in either hemisphere of the brain lying inside the temples of the head


from Latin tempora (plural of tempus) 'temples (of the head)' (Wiktionary)


  • Forgive me, I am not quite sure what it was that Professor Devrient said in his reading as at that moment my head had begun to spin at the thought of what disorders would be seen in Professor Devrient if his right temporal lobe were removed; how the smiling Dr. Okagawa would respond if he were given electric stimulants and how professor Rehmann might behave if his auditory cavities were crushed.

    The War with the Newts

  • He was followed by Professor van Dieten who slowly and almost reverentially described the disorders that are seen in Andrias after the right temporal lobe of the brain has been removed or the occipital lobe from the left hand side.

    The War with the Newts

  • Neurologically speaking, the reaction is similar to temporal lobe epilepsy.



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  • The temporal lobes are parts of the cerebrum that are involved in speech, memory, and hearing. They lie at the sides of the brain, beneath the lateral or Sylvian fissure. (Wikipedia)

    May 22, 2008